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Must-visit in China – Juyong Pass

China is place of endless wonder and marvel. Everything about the country’s culture, food and people scream uniqueness.

With so much to imbibe and embrace, there is no time like the present to pack your bags and take off, to see this magical land of mystique and enigma.

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Image Courtesy: Dennis Jarvis used under the Creative Commons Licence

One such wonder hidden within the folds of this country is the Juyong Pass. The Great Wall passes through here, and the Cloud Platform was built here in 1342.

There’s a lot of history surrounding Juyong Pass, and these snippets of history have left an indelible mark on Chinese culture.

The pass had many different names during former Chinese dynasties. However, the name ‘Juyongguan’ was used by more than three dynasties. It was first used in the Qin Dynasty when Emperor Qinshihuang ordered the building of the Great Wall. Juyongguan pass was connected to the Great Wall in the Southern and Northern Dynasties era.

Juyong Pass
Image Courtesy: Dennis Jarvis used under the Creative Commons Licence

The Cloud Platform, also known as the ‘Crossing Street Tower’ in the middle of the Juyongguan (pass) and Guangou Valley, was built during the Yuan Dynasty. It has a luxurious feel, having been made of pure white marble. Anyone with a keen eye for architecture will enjoy this tremendously.

There were originally three white pagodas atop the platform, giving it the name of ‘Crossing Street Tower’, but they were each destroyed in the transitional period between the late Yuan and early Ming Dynasties. But with all its imperfections, to this day, Juyong Pass and its many wonderful attributes invites visitors and keen travellers from across the globe, making it a must-visit in China.

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