Yumen Pass

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-06-10


Yumen Pass is located in the Gobi Desert, about 90 km northwest of Dunhuang and was a strategic point on the ancient Silk Road. It is said that Khotan jade first entered the Central Plains (the area comprising the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River) from this pass, hence its name. The parapets of the pass still remain, in square rammed-earth structures.