Jiayuguan was the end of the Great Wall. Passing through the gates of the Jiayuguan fortress was leaving Chinese culture behind for the harshness of central Asia. Today the Jiayuguan fortress is a World Heritage site and a truly impressive structure.

My visit to Jiayugaun, August 2001, was part a study-tour of the Silk Road, organized by Primary Source, on a study tour of the Silk Road.