22 World Heritage sites in China along the Silk Road
Updated: 2015-07-15 10:11
3. Site of Hangu Pass, Henan province
The ruins of Hangu Pass are in Xin'an County of Luoyang City, central China's Henan province. It was a strategic pass in ancient China just south of the great eastern bend of the Yellow River in today's Lingbao, Henan province. The Qin Dynasty built the pass in 361 BC as its eastern gate.[Photo/CFP]
The main line of this ancient route connecting the East and the West was in use from the 2nd century BC to the 16th century AD and stretched for more than 8,700 kilometers during its peak.
The complex project includes various types of heritage, including Buddhist sites, military passes and remains of ancient cities.