Yangguan Historic Sites ​- a significant pass on the Silk Road in the ancient China

Last Update: 17th October 2020


Also called Yangguan Museum, Yangguan Historical Sites is located around 70 kilometers southwest of Dunhuang. In the scenic area, you will find some buildings in the style of the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD), and a few exhibition halls where many cultural relics discovered on the ancient Silk Road are on display.

Yangguan Historic Sites ​Fast Facts
  • Chinese Name: Yangguan Yizhi (阳关遗址)
  • Area: 10 x hectares
  • Things to do th​ere: Photography, Silk Road History, Archaeology
  • Who visits: Photographers, Adventure Enthusiasts, Archaeologists
  • Time required: 2 – 3 x hours
What to expect at the Yangguan Historic Sites

Yangguan Historic Sites consists of Exhibition Hall for Two Passes (Yangguan Pass and Yumenguan Pass) and Han Fortresses, Silk Road Exhibition Hall, Yangguan Research Institute, Archway in the Han style, Antique Han-style Barracks, the Office of Yangguan Duwei (都尉, a title for the officer in the ancient China), Antique Yangguan Fort in the Han Dynasty, the Antique Street of Folk Houses in the Han Dynasty, and Tourism Crafts Exhibition Center.


At the sites, you could admire more than 4,000 pieces of cultural relics, such as bronze ware, iron ware, pottery, jade, stone ware, bone ware, woolen, linen and silk fabrics from the Han Dynasty through the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912). In addition, the considerable ancient cold weapons which are complete in variety are also on display there.


Antique Han-style Barracks are composed of the tent for the commander in chief, the tent for the general, barracks, Yuan Gate (the outer gate of a government office in ancient times), the drill ground, the archery range and the like. If interested, you can experience the military activities for leisure at the barrack.


At the Archway in the Han style, you will see the exquisite frescoes on the interior wall. The cultural relics at the Silk Road Exhibition Hall show the history and culture of the Silk Road. The cultural relics at Exhibition Hall for Two Passes (Yangguan Pass and Yumenguan Pass) and Han Fortresses tell the history and culture of Yangguan Pass, Yumenguan Pass and Han Great Wall.

Best time to visit the Yangguan Historic Sites

If you are planning to visit Yangguan Historic Sites for photography purposes, the best time to visit is during the sunset.


The best months to visit are from May to October.


How to get to the Yangguan Historic Sites

There is no direct bus from Dunhuang to Yangguan Historic Sites. Therefore, the only one option is to rent a vehicle.


Additional Yangguan Historic Sites Travel Advice
  • Opening hours: 08:00 – 20:00
  • As at 17th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the sites is 50 CNY per person; children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (info@wendyweitours.com)
  • Please take enough food with drinking water with you.
  • Please check out the weather forecast in case that Dunhuang is attacked by sand storms when you are visiting the park.
  • Please wear the sunscreen cream, sunglasses and the like to stop the strong sunlight shining your body directly in the dry weather.
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