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Hangu Pass (Traditional Chinese: 函谷關; pinyin: Hángǔ Guān) 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 built the pass in 361 BC as its eastern gate.

Because of its strategic location between the ancient lands of the State of Qin and the central plains of China, many famous ancient battles were fought at Hangu Pass. During the Warring States period, Hangu Pass was heavily defended by the State of Qin, as the pass was the only reasonable route to invade the State of Qin from the central plains of China. Hangu Pass was also a vital route in invading the ancient capital of Luoyang from the west.

According to legend, Lao Zi supposedly wrote the Dao De Jing at Hangu Pass.

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Channel News Asia

Channel News Asia
Sun, 10 May 2015 22:15:00 -0700

Hangu Pass, also known as Hanguguan Ancient Culture Tourist Zone, is a strategic military post built during China's Warring States period. It was once heavily guarded by soldiers from the State of Qin, as the post was the best route to invade central ...

Channel News Asia

Channel News Asia
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:49:30 -0800

Hangu Pass that was established during the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC), is a grand complex that includes Taichu Palace, said to be the place where the founder of Taoism, Lao Zi, was inspired to the philosophy of Daodejing (Tao Te Ching).

CCTV

CCTV
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:15:00 -0700

For example, "Laozi Went Out of Hangu Pass" puts an ancient Chinese philosopher and the founder of Taoism in the spotlight. The film tells the story of how Laozi wrote the "Daodejing," the Taoist classic. "This film adds to the diversity of the film ...
 
Kotaku
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:15:00 -0700

Just as the latest season of Game of Thrones is starting, a Chinese liquor company figured out a way to recut and rework the show's opening credits. Jian Nan, a brand of baijiu, substituted the names in the Game of Thrones credits with a quick look at ...
 
The Epoch Times
Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:50:03 -0800

To him it meant that a sage was to come from that direction and go through the Hangu Pass. Because he was in charge of allowing people to go through the pass on their way to the west, he ordered the guards to inform him immediately if they saw anyone ...
 
Pakistan Dawn
Fri, 10 Feb 2006 19:39:36 -0800

HANGU, Feb 10: Death toll on Friday rose to 37 and the number of injured to 91 in two days of sectarian violence in Hangu, NWFP. A blast, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, struck Ashura mourners on the main Hangu-Tall road at about 9.35am on ...
 
EastDay.com
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 22:10:47 -0800

According to historical documents, Laozi felt that the Zhou Dynasty was declining and the country would be plunged into chaos, he then went westward via Hangu Pass. When he was going out of Hangu Pass, Yin Xi, the magistrate of the pass, who asked him ...
 
Danwei
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:29:39 -0700

The two-storey tower at the famous Hangu Pass* was torn down, and inscriptions accumulated over the course of two thousand years were destroyed. Wuwei County,* Gansu, was an important northwestern garrison in the Tang Dynasty, and its city wall, built ...
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