Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Great Wall One-day Hike from the Battlefield Gubeikou to Jinshanling

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Our 1-day Great Wall hiking programs is our bread and butter and is what made us famous. With our 1-day programs you can see the best of the Great Wall in style and comfort, and which will also allow you to be back in Beijing by nightfall. You can venture across the dramatic ruins of Jiankou, walk through the graceful watchtowers of Mutianyu, visit the relatively tourist-free sections of Huanghuacheng and Xishuiyu, or take the challenge of our most popular Great Wall trip, the hike between Gubeikou and Jinshanling, which gives you the full Great Wall experience, from tastefully restored watchtowers and brick to the spectacular real “Great Wall” in its unrestored splendor. Your travel guides are fully licensed to provide stimulating and thoughtful tours for hikers to the Great Wall, and are with you throughout your trip, explaining the legends behind the wall, from sections used to resist the Mongols to those that repelled the Japanese, allowing you to have a fun, informative, and safe trip.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour, Beijing

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Our 1-day Great Wall hiking programs is our bread and butter and is what made us famous. With our 1-day programs you can see the best of the Great Wall in style and comfort, and which will also allow you to be back in Beijing by nightfall. You can venture across the dramatic ruins of Jiankou, walk through the graceful watchtowers of Mutianyu, visit the relatively tourist-free sections of Huanghuacheng and Xishuiyu, or take the challenge of our most popular Great Wall trip, the hike between Gubeikou and Jinshanling, which gives you the full Great Wall experience, from tastefully restored watchtowers and brick to the spectacular real “Great Wall” in its unrestored splendor. Your travel guides are fully licensed to provide stimulating and thoughtful tours for hikers to the Great Wall, and are with you throughout your trip, explaining the legends behind the wall, from sections used to resist the Mongols to those that repelled the Japanese, allowing you to have a fun, informative, and safe trip.



With this relaxing half-day tour, you can take in what is perhaps the most photographed portion of the Great Wall in a comfort and worry-free way. After being picked up at 8am (or 1pm if you wish) we'll make the drive to Mutianyu, which features some beautifully restored wall. Mutianyu is known for its watchtowers, the way it slopes and glides across the hills, and for its sweeping vistas. Mutianyu (which was featured in the Karate Kid remake) which has played host to world leaders on their China state visit, is a very easy walk, and can be experienced by young and old alike. For the kid in you, there is a thrilling toboggan ride down from the wall which can be done at the end of your walk. 

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/



Friday, May 27, 2016

Five-day Great Wall Trekking and Camping

These tours are designed in mind for those serious Great Wall hikers who have a little more time on their hands than the average traveler. This is some serious hiking, so please be in the right physical condition to handle the strenuous activity involved for these programs. These hikes take you to the best Great Wall spots, from the classic Jinshanling-Gubeikou hikes (as well as Jinakou-Mutianyu) and the fascinating Huangyaguan, to the more unknown and wild sections like Xishuiyu and Panlongshan. All of these areas of the Great Wall feature dramatic vistas and postcard-like scenes, so please remember to have your camera with you! In addition to the Great Wall you'll also get to take in some of China's lesser-known sites and explore the Chinese countryside, where the majority of China's population lives. You'll get a brief insight into how people truly live in China, which is a stark contrast away from the big cities. You'll get to interact with villagers, try the local countryside cuisines, and sleep in their homes, making for a truly authentic experience! For those that have already explored the more well-known and touristy sections of the wall, then this tour will be a welcome change. Please join us for a five day hike that will give you a whole new perspective of the Great Wall!

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sleep on the Great Wall - Two-day Overnight Great Wall Hiking and Camping

When people come to the Great Wall of China, they want to explore the history and see why it was built. A day trip to the tourist sites won’t achieve that, but a sleepover on one of the world’s most storied ruins certainly will. The Great Wall Adventure Club organizes trips to sleep in a watchtower where soldiers were formerly garrisoned. When night falls, the only thing above is the stars, while the incredible land of the surrounding hills is absolutely silent ... (June 11, 2012)

For those that have a little more time to spend in Beijing, and whose interest in the Great Wall runs a little deeper than the average tourist, our 2-day Great Wall programs are a perfect way to sate your Great Wall appetite! With these two day programs, you'll be able to spend more time on the Great Wall, see more of China's natural beauty, explore relatively unknown sections, and even sleep on the wall itself! (for more information about sleeping on the Great Wall see Routes 2X, 2AA and 2AB) As with all of our other programs, you will receive nothing but the best service and guidance.

In accordance with our 1-day programs, you will be picked up in the morning by your travel guide and driver. Your travel guide, who has gone through the strictest safety criteria in the country, will be with you at all times during your Great Wall hike, ensuring your safety while also imparting you with his/her vast knowledge of the Great Wall. In addition, all heavy camping materials and provisions will be provided (such as tents when sleeping on the Great Wall). The parts of the Great Wall we will encounter are often empty, allowing you to have some quality one-on-one time with one of the world's great wonders. For those hearty outdoor types who live a challenge and trying something new, this is the perfect way to explore the Great Wall of China!

Great Wall Adventure Club (GWAC) is the largest and the only company officially approved by the Great Wall Administration Office to offer camping for international guests. This is what sets us apart from other smaller operators.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Monday, May 23, 2016

Great Wall Charity Marathon


Great Wall Cares is excited to announce the development of our own Great Wall Charity Marathon! This new marathon will serve as the main event to our calendar of charitable activities. Spanning over 6,000km and long admired as one of the most amazing achievements in the history of mankind, the Great Wall will now serve as one of the most unique locations for a marathon.  The Great Wall Charity Marathon is a tough, beautiful and definitely extraordinary experience. The rugged steps of the Great Wall will put your body to the test, and the breath-taking surroundings will compete with your tired muscles for attention. The Great Wall Charity Marathon is the ideal way to combine exploring one of the world’s most astonishing sights as well as giving back to the people and communities of rural China.

No runner should enter The Great Wall Charity Marathon believing that this is an easy course. However, no one should think that this is an impossible challenge reserved exclusively for the running elite. Don't be scared; just make sure to come prepared. For those traveling to China with Great Wall Adventure Club or just by themselves, a spot in the Great Wall Charity Marathon can easily be bundled with a China package tour. That way you can combine one of the most challenging marathons of a lifetime with an unforgettable holiday in the “middle Kingdom”.

The Great Wall Charity Marathon was established in order to promote five key principles:
Environment: Promote contact with nature and raise awareness on the matter of global sustainability
Health: Encourage participation in sports quality of life
Citizenship: Promote global community spirit and social mobilization
Tenacity: Motivate the human being to overcome a challenge
Natural Beauty: Awaken society to the importance of preserving places with outstanding universal values and share it without harming

While the Great Wall Charity Marathon is just in the planning stage, more news regarding this amazing opportunity will be coming shortly. Please regularly check this page for updates on the date, time, location, registration info, and other logistical information on the Great Wall Charity Marathon.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The World-famous One-day Great Wall Hiking Tours

Our 1-day Great Wall hiking programs is our bread and butter and is what made us famous. With our 1-day programs you can see the best of the Great Wall in style and comfort, and which will also allow you to be back in Beijing by nightfall. Except for snow and inclement weather, these programs are available all year round. With these programs you can see the most famous sections of the Great Wall, the ones that you have probably scene on postcards, National geographic, and the like. You can venture across the dramatic ruins of Jiankou, walk through the graceful watchtowers of Mutianyu, visit the relatively tourist-free sections of Huanghuacheng and Xishuiyu, or take the challenge of our most popular Great Wall trip, the hike between Gubeikou and Jinshanling, which gives you the full Great Wall experience, from tastefully restored watchtowers and brick to the spectacular real “Great Wall” in its unrestored splendor. Your travel guides are fully licensed to provide stimulating and thoughtful tours for hikers to the Great Wall, and are with you throughout your trip, explaining the legends behind the wall, from sections used to resist the Mongols to those that repelled the Japanese, allowing you to have a fun, informative, and safe trip.

In addition to our hiking tours, we have also added non-private bus tours to hike on Jinshanling, Badaling and Mutianyu. Some trips also includes a complimentary free tour to the Ming Tomb and Underground Palace.  In order to make the cost as low as possible, we’ll group you and other travelers together into a Toyota mini-van. These tours are perfect for budget travelers.

CHOOSING YOUR GREAT WALL HIKING ROUTE: 1A, 1AA, 1AB, 1B and Their Sunset Versions 1S1, 1S2

Tour 1AA (the hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling) is our best selling route. At Gubeikou, you can see Great Wall that was built both 2000 years ago and 400 years ago. So this tour lets you see the most ancient portions of the wall. In other sections such as Jiankou or Mutianyu on 1B and 1S, you can only see the parts built about 400 years ago. Also, Gubeikou was used as a battlefield during China's war of resistance against the Japanese invasion (WWII). It is a surprise to many hikers that the Great Wall was used as a battlefield during WWII. In addition, Jinshanling is a UNESCO Heritage Site and has all the unique features in construction and design that the Great Wall utilizes to defend the country effectively. 1S2 is fundamentally the sunset version of hiking from Gubeikou to Jinshanling (1AA) with dinner included.

For 1B and 1S1, both hikes from Jiankou to Mutianyu are the same, and 1S1 starts later around noon. For 1S1 you'll have the chance to finish your hike and view the Great Wall during the sunset. You can take photos of the sunset, which is a wholly unique opportunity. 1S costs a little bit more because of the late start time. For both tours, the Jiankou Great Wall is the greatest spot to take the most breath-taking shots (although you can take great pictures with 1AA, too) of the dramatic ruins of the Great Wall.  However, Mutianyu is a rebuilt section of the Wall, so if you want to see the original Great Wall, you can stay longer at Jiankou. At Mutianyu, if you take 1B, you can try the toboggan ride to get down from the wall, which is a thrilling and exciting way to end your time on the wall (the ride is fit for all ages).

1B was the best seller of 2010 and 1AA was the best seller of 2012. Both take you to unrestored sections, therefore you'll find most of the Wall has been overtaken by foliage leaving only a footpath to walk along. "Once on the wall you'll be treated to magnificent views in all directions," said a former Great Wall hiker. 1S1 and 1S2 are new sunset routes that were created from the feedback and input from many clients who wanted to catch the beauty of sunset on the Great Wall.
If you want to explore more history of the Great Wall and feel one-day hike is not enough, consider sleeping in a watchtower where soldiers were formerly garrisoned. Take our featured overnight route 2AA that combines the values of 1AA and 1B into one.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Thursday, May 19, 2016

About Great Wall Cares

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While millions of visitors have had the opportunity to walk on the Great Wall, we at Great Wall Adventure Club want to shine a spotlight on those individuals living along Great Wall, and to give hope and encourage progress to them and their community.  We are committed to ensuring that all of our clients have a positive environmental and cultural impact on the places they go and the people they meet.  In order to expand upon this idea we have formed a new charitable organization called Great Wall Cares. Through aiding the local economy in terms of education, jobs, and stability, we are striving to improve the lives for these hard-working and wonderful people.  

While much of the international media spotlight on China has been focusing on the cities and urban areas, Great Wall Cares wants to shift the conversation to China’s rural areas, many of which are struggling with poverty and a lack of education. Great Wall Cares sees a world where the needs of those in rural China are given the careful attention and support they deserve from people and organizations from around the world.

Great Wall Cares plans on tackling the issues facing rural China in a multitude of ways, by giving, teaching, training, through the support of our partner businesses, charities, and schools, and by the creation of a Great Wall Charity Trek, information on which will be upcoming in the next few months. For more information on the upcoming Great Wall Charity Trek and all of our other current efforts please refer to the “Great Wall Charity Trek” and “Current Initiatives” tabs at the top of this website.

Simply put, at Great Wall Cares, we’ve been inspired. The places and the connections that we’ve made during our travels along the Great Wall- whether it’s been with the people, the land, or just the vitality of a certain area - is what drives us to utilize the powerful reach of tourism to create a positive, sustainable impact on the Great Wall that we all cherish. Great Wall Cares endeavors to build a Great Wall for an even greater tomorrow. 

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Great Wall Repair and Tour Program

Exposed to piercing winds and the scorching sun for centuries, the wall is in urgent need of repair. Now, you can be a part of the renovation!

Lakeside Great Wall Wall Repairing Trip

Most people tend to think that the Great Wall was a product of wars (actually of defense), thus its role ought to have been most closely related to battles and blood shedding. It is, however, not that case. Most time under the Great Wall was actually peace rather than war.
As the witness of Chinese history, the Great Wall was built, rebuilt, torn down and renovated for military purpose by more than 20 dynasties and states during the past 2000 years. It reflects both China's home situations and its touches with the outer world. It was so big a project that building it influenced the domestic economy. 

As a cultural product, the Great Wall mixed minds in war and architecture. It formed a defense tradition that was handed down to people more than 2,000 years after. 

a tradition, it was embodiment of how the Chinese dealt with other peoples, including its enemies. Therefore the Great Wall, in all times, was connected to the culture, foreign policies, and economy. Philosophically, the Great Wall speaks well for a growth in the mixed soil of peace and war. It stands for some power, an unbeatable power despite all bitter conditions, known as the Great Wall Spirit among Chinese people.

Today the Great Wall is considered among the "World's 100 Most Endangered Sites" after years of exposure to conflict, the elements and even tourism. Visitors to the Wall have left litter and graffiti, scrawling initials into the rock or removing pieces for souvenirs. Some of the Wall has crumbled, either demolished for new roads or hauled away as building materials for village structures. There are few restored sections, usually where tourists visit most. Hundreds of miles lie in ruins. 

Now our trip enables you to actually ‘lend a hand’ repairing the Remnant Huanghuacheng Great Wall. When there's a place being repaired, there will be you to help carry the bricks from the bottom to the top of the Wall. Once at the top, you will assist the expert to place your bricks in the Wall.  

THE LAKESIDE WALL REPAIR AND HIKE INTINERARY (Tour Code 1D2)
One-day tour in Remnant Huanghuacheng Great Wall
7:30--9:30 From urban Beijing to Huanghuacheng
9:30--12:30 Hiking three hours on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
12:50--13:50 lunch at the local family
13:50--15:30 Repair the Great Wall
15:30--17:50 Back to the city

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Seven-day Great Wall Trekking and Camping Tours


These epic seven-day journeys are composed for the ultimate Great Wall enthusiast. These seven day adventures are optimally designed to give you the ultimate Great Wall experience. These hikes require you to be in good physical condition, so please be aware of how much you can handle. While these hikes are tough physically, you will gain a greater understanding of the Great Wall and its original strategic purpose, as well as a wonderful tour of rural Chinese culture and nature. These seven day programs take you to the best of the Beijing-area Great Wall sections, and also to some of the lesser known ones, like Shixiaguan, Sandaoguan, and Badaling (unrestored), and some even take you out to the wall’s eastern-most point where the Great Wall meets the Yellow Sea. All these hikes contain the beautiful and majestic ruins of a Great Wall unrestored, along with glimpses of a restored Great Wall with grand watchtowers and spectacular brickwork. While daytime on the Great Wall is a great experience, you’ll have the rare opportunity to camp overnight on the Great Wall as well (in one of Jinshnaling’s watchtowers). This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is sure to be one of your most cherished moments during your China trip. Just imagine how great it will be to witness the sunset and sunrise over the Great Wall. For all you amateur photographers, this is a treat you won’t want to miss. Like all of your Great Wall programs, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide and your own driver, making sure that your Great Wall experience is safe as well as fun.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Friday, May 13, 2016

Lao Long Tou (Old Dragon's Head)

Four kilometers south of Shanhaiguan, Laolongtou is the easternmost end of the Great Wall, which stretches 23 meters into the sea like a dragon drinking water, hence its name. This part of the Great Wall was built in the 7 th year of Wanli reign in the Ming dynasty (1579) and was mended in the 7 th year of Kangxi reign in the Qing dynasty (1668). Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty would stop here for a visit on their way to Fengtian (Present - day Shenyang) to worship their ancestors, which makes the city even more worthy of its name. Standing at Laolongtou, facing the misty sea, visitors can easily picture Emperor Qin (221-207 BC), the first emperor of China, sending people into the sea here to find a drug that would give him immortality. You can see the Great Wall as it zigzags over the rolling mountains like a giant dragon to the north. Looking to the south you can see the vast expanse of sea stretching far to merge with the sky. At this moment you feel as if you could embrace the whole world.

It consists of the Estuary Stone City, Jinglu Watchtower, Wangshou Watchtower, Nanhaikou Pass, Chenghai Tower, Ninghai City and  Binhai City.

The Chenghai Pavilion is the most celebrated architectural structure. It is a two-story building built with bricks and wood. Emperors in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) including Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong once visited there on their way to Mukden (Shenyang City) to worship their ancestors and left many poems and inscriptions. A plaque with four Chinese characters 'Yuan', 'Qi', 'Hun' and 'Mang' and a pair of couplets written by Qianlong still hangs on the lintel and columns of the hall. Poems from other famous literary figures are inscribed on the tablets which are embedded on the walls.

In front of the Hebei Laolongtou Great Wall Chenghai Pavilion is an ancient stone tablet which is inscribed with four Chinese characters 'Tian', 'Kai', 'Hai' and 'Yue'. It is about three meters (10 feet) high and one meter (three feet) wide. It is said that the stone tablet was established by Xue Rengui, a famous and legendary general in Tang Dynasty (618-907) who conquered Korea.

Reconstructed in 1988, the Nereus Temple is about 350 meters (0.2 mile) from the Laolongtou Great Wall. It consists of many archways, the Drum Tower, the Nereus Hall, the trestle bridge and the Hall of the Goddess of Heaven; the Nereus Hall and the Hall of the Goddess of Heaven being the main structures of the temple. Inside the temple are sculptures of Nereus, Goddess of Heaven, Eight Immortals and the Door Gods. A plaque inscribed by Qianlong hangs on the door lintel.

The Estuary Stone City was built by Qi Jiguang, a famous general of the Ming Dynasty. It is a city measuring about nine meters (30 feet) high and eight meters (26 feet) wide which extends approximately 22 meters (72 feet) into the sea. The city is built on natural reefs and huge rocks thrown into the sea to act as foundations. It once served as a defence fortification designed to resist the aggression of the minorities.

Jinglu Beacon Tower was built in 1565. Following extensive reconstruction, the beacon tower stands about 15 meters (49 feet) high. The tower has three rooms which are connected by six door openings and nine windows in all, making the rooms well ventilated. It functions as a defence system together with the Chenghai Pavilion, Nanhaikou (Southern Estuary) Pass.

The Ninghai City and the the Nanhaikou (Southern Estuary) Pass are also worth a visit. The Ninghai City was built in the Ming Dynasty. On the north and west city gates are two embrasured watchtowers guarding the South China Sea. The Nanhaikou (Southern Estuary) Pass is the No.1 Pass of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall according to the location order.


For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Seven-day Great Wall Trekking and Camping Tours

These epic seven-day journeys are composed for the ultimate Great Wall enthusiast. These seven day adventures are optimally designed to give you the ultimate Great Wall experience. These hikes require you to be in good physical condition, so please be aware of how much you can handle. While these hikes are tough physically, you will gain a greater understanding of the Great Wall and its original strategic purpose, as well as a wonderful tour of rural Chinese culture and nature. These seven day programs take you to the best of the Beijing-area Great Wall sections, and also to some of the lesser known ones, like Shixiaguan, Sandaoguan, and Badaling (unrestored), and some even take you out to the wall’s eastern-most point where the Great Wall meets the Yellow Sea. All these hikes contain the beautiful and majestic ruins of a Great Wall unrestored, along with glimpses of a restored Great Wall with grand watchtowers and spectacular brickwork. While daytime on the Great Wall is a great experience, you’ll have the rare opportunity to camp overnight on the Great Wall as well (in one of Jinshnaling’s watchtowers). This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is sure to be one of your most cherished moments during your China trip. Just imagine how great it will be to witness the sunset and sunrise over the Great Wall. For all you amateur photographers, this is a treat you won’t want to miss. Like all of your Great Wall programs, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide and your own driver, making sure that your Great Wall experience is safe as well as fun.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Monday, May 9, 2016

Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower City) Great Wall, 60 km north of Beijing, is the latest section to become popular with hikers. During summer, the countryside around Huanghuacheng Great Wall is swathed in yellow, as masses of wild flowers come into bloom.

It is almost 11 kilometers long and joins with Mutianyu Great Wall in the east, and JuyongguanPass and Badaling in the west. Huanghua cheng provides a challenge as it has no stone steps or no single smooth path like the ones found at Badaling and other sections of the Great Wall.

History of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall:

Early in the Yuan Dynasty, the area was dotted with prosperous villages, then during the Ming Dynasty, a town was established at the strategically important BenzhenguanPass.

Construction of Huanghua cheng Great Wall began in 1575, during the Ming Dynasty, under the supervision of General Cai Kai. It took the fastidious Cai many years to finish the project, but when he returned to the capital to report the completion of his task, he was promptly beheaded. Scheming ministers had told Emperor Wanli that the workmanship Cai oversaw was slipshod and lackadaisical. The emperor was so enraged by these scurrilous reports, he ordered Cai's immediate execution. It later occurred to the emperor that an investigation might be in order, so he sent a trusted aid to survey Cai’s wall. The aid reported back that Huanghuaheng Great Wall was solid, steep and exemplified the finest workmanship. Realizing he had been perhaps a little hasty in condemning Cai to death, Wanli ordered a tomb and memorial stele to be erected in honor of the loyal general.

He also had the characters "Jin Tang", meaning firm, stable, inscribed on the face of a huge rock below the wall, so there should be no further doubt, which explains why the wall is also known as Jintang Great Wall.

Sights of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall:

There is a lake and a reservoir nearby. The crescent shaped reservoir is called Huanghuacheng Reservoir, while the name of the lake is Jintang. The water of the lake is cold and clear, and it is fed by numerous springs. A sluice gate has been built on Jintang Lake, over which water flows in the summer.

Parts of Huanghua cheng Great Wall were destroyed and fell into Jintang Lake after being bombed during the Japanese invasion of China half a century ago.

The entire section of wall comprises of six forts, six passes, twelve beacon-towers, and thirty-two guard towers. Among them, Yaoziyu Fort is the best preserved. Covering an area of 7,000 square meters, it was built in 1592. There is a scholar tree standing in the castle courtyard that was planted in that same year.

The steepest section of Huanghuacheng Great Wall is known as Shibadeng, and requires special care when climbing, especially after rain.

Huanghuacheng Features
For the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, otherwise known as “The Lakeside Great Wall”, the most beautiful season to visit is in the autumn. The surrounding mountains are vibrantly colorful, the lake is deep and tranquil, and the ancient Great Wall stands majesticly against the clear blue sky. Rushing springs and jingling streams; birds flying as if in a choreographed dance; fish swimming around, the Great Wall meandering across the mountain, leaves scattering everywhere- this is the scene that will greet you upon your visit. Torch trees; chestnut trees; pines and cypress, the different colors of radiance and beauty that accentuate the scene makes it even more memorable. When you explore scenery such as this, enjoy the dark and romantic fall that nature gives to you. The mystery and grandiosity “The Lakeside Great Wall” gives to you, how fantastic it is!

There are three unique features of Huanghuacheng. In Chinese, it is called “yijue” (first talent), “erjue” (second talent), and “sanjue” (third talent).

“Yijue” is a part of the Great Wall that was built in 1404. It’s precipitous and grand and which twists up the mountains around Haoming Lake. This part of the Great Wall was not only the guarded north gate of old Beijing, but also became an important part of the Ming Tombs; in short, the essence of the Great Wall.

“Erjue” are the three sections of the Great Wall naturally separated by the lakes. It is a combination of spectacular mountain ranges, serene water bodies, and ancient Great Wall. It is the only Great Wall section accommodating both mountains and water in Beijing.

“Sanjue” is the Chestnut Park Habitat of the Ming dynasty, featuring old and different trees intertwined. It’s said that soldiers who guarded the city during the Ming dynasty spent more time cultivating the wild field than on defense. As a result of their work, the wild field transformed into a huge chestnut habitat, weather-beaten but deeply rooted. It’s a unique human-engineered landscape in Beijing's suburban area.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Juyongguan Pass and Great Wall

Juyongguan Pass is located in an 18 kilometer-long valley named "Guangou" which is inside Changping County more than 50 kilometers from Beijing City. It is one of the three greatest passes of the Great Wall of China. The other two passes are Jiayuguan Pass and Shanhai Pass.

It had many different names in the past dynasties. However, the name "Juyongguan Pass" was used by more than three dynasties. It was first used in the Qin Dynasty when Emperor Qinshihuang ordered to build the Great Wall. Juyongguan Pass has two passes, one at the south and one at the north. The south one is called "Nan Pass" and the north one is called "Badaling".

This pass was connected to the Great Wall in the Northern and Southern Dynasties.

In the middle of Juyongguan Pass, there is a "Cloud Platform" with another name of "Crossing Street Tower". It was made of white marble in the Yuan Dynasty with a height of 9.5 meters. Around the top of the platform there are many architectures such as stone railings and a watching posts. They are still kept in the style of the Yuan Dynasty. In the middle of the base of the platform there is an arched door where men, horses and carriages could pass through. Many animal images were carved in the arched hole and the arched door. On the walls of both sides of the door, the statues of gods and scriptures are carved. There were three white towers on the platform in the past (this is how it got the name of "Crossing Street Tower") and were destroyed in the transitional period between the Yuan Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty. Later a Tai'an Temple was built on the platform but was later destroyed in the Qing Dynasty.

The present Pass was initially built in the Ming Dynasty and received much renovation later. It is a very important strategic place connecting the inner land and the area near the northern border of China. It is also a defensive place for the ancient Beijing City. So it is wanted by all the military parties.

Once there were lush flowers and trees around the Pass like layers of green waves, so it got the good name of "Juyong Green Layers", which belongs to one of "Yanjing Eight Best Sceneries". The Chinese government is trying to restore the vegetation but although some progress has been made, the vegetation has not recovered to its past level.

British Prime Minister David Cameron had a rush tour to Juyongguan on November 11 during his three-day official visit to China in 2010.

For more information please go to http://www.greatwalladventure.com/

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Huangyaguan Great Wall

Huangya, means "yellow cliff". The pass takes this name from the yellowish hills and rocks nearby. Originally built in Tianbao 7th of Beiqi (557 A D), the Huangyanguan was repaired for the first time in Ming Dynasty with bricks and for the second time in 1985. In 1986 it was listed as a key relics protection target of Tianjin City.

Huangyaguan Pass

In 1984, the people of Tianjin spent three years repairing 3,308 yards of the main wall from Banlagang Mountain in the east to Wangmaoding Mountain in the west. They restored 20 terraces, the Huangya Water Gate, and the Bagua Castle (the Eight Diagrams Castle). The defensive system of the wall is complete. Watch towers, frontier cities, drain holes, emplacements, barracks and other indispensable military facilities are arranged orderly along the wall. Besides, the stele forests of the Great Wall, Beiji Temple, the exhibition hall of famous couplets, the Great Wall Museum (the first museum along the Great Wall) and the Phoenix Fortress have been newly built within the area.

Taiping Mountain Stronghold
Six miles northwest of Huangyaguan Pass and built 437 yards to 547 yards above sea level, the stronghold is located in Xiaopingan Village. It controls the Chongshan Valley east of Huangyaguan Pass City. Qi Jiguang's stone statue and a tower were erected by twelve widows from this area.
Features of the Huangyaguan Great Wall
Now it is also chosen as a patriotic education and national defense education base of Tianjin. Besides, starting form 1999, there is going to be a special tourism activity there-International Field Marathon.With various forms of water towers presented along the walls, and the largest tower of the Great Wall "PhoenixTower" and the most unique "BaguaguanCastle", Huangyaguan Great Wall is like a library of the Great Wall. By now 3025 meters of the Huangyaguan Great Wall, 20 water towers and a water pass have been repaired. This section has several featues:
Strong: With its walls and towers built on mountain ridge with an average altitude of 738 meters, the Huangyaguan is really overwhelming. To the east there is the cliff, and the west, crags. It winds its way across mountains like a dragon. Guarding a stronghold, it has been the north entrance of Jinxian.

Dangerous: On the mountains with peaks rising one higher than another, the Great wall jumps its way up and down as a linkage between the cliff and crags. Since the mountain is sloppy, the steps are very high. In some sections, it looks like that the wall is running straight up or down. When you look down, you will feel dizzy at the sight.

Beautiful: On Huangyaguan, you will be able to enjoy both mountain scenery and waterfalls and springs. 

Ancient: With a history of over 1400 years, the ancient walls was first build in Beiqi, and reserved well until today. In Ming Dynasty, it was added with walls made of bricks.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Xishuiyu Great Wall


The Xishuiyu (which in English means “Western water resort”) Great Wall is a popular tourist resort. It connects with Zhuangdaokou and Erdaoguan in the east and Longquanyu in the west. There are many hotels, farm houses, and restaurants here as well as activities like boat rides and scenic walkways.

But the main attraction for Great Wall enthusiasts is of course the Great Wall. There are many places where you can see the Great Wall here, and the views are impressive with high mountains and water all around. The Xishuiyu Great Wall combines spectacular views of the Great Wall, access to the real Wild Great Wall, and a beautiful scenic environment.

Xishuiyu is located at Xiaoxihu lake to the west of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall. You can follow the route from Huairou to Huanghuacheng and, instead of turning right (north) to Huanghuacheng, continue straight (west) and follow the signs to Xishuiyu.

Most of the Great Wall around Xishuiyu is in reasonably good, deteriorated but not collapsed condition. None of the Great Wall here has been restored so it retains its authentic condition. As you follow the Wall to the west, you will get views of the Xiaoxihu reservoir to your right. You will find several opportunities to get off the wall and walk down the reservoir, crossing through a large Ming dynasty chestnut field at the bottom. There is a path all the way around the reservoir so you can follow it in either direction. You can also follow a path to the west along the valley and stream all the way to Longquanyu.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower City) Great Wall, 60 km north of Beijing, is the latest section to become popular with hikers. During summer, the countryside around Huanghuacheng Great Wall is swathed in yellow, as masses of wild flowers come into bloom.

It is almost 11 kilometers long and joins with Mutianyu Great Wall in the east, and JuyongguanPass and Badaling in the west. Huanghua cheng provides a challenge as it has no stone steps or no single smooth path like the ones found at Badaling and other sections of the Great Wall.

History of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall:

Early in the Yuan Dynasty, the area was dotted with prosperous villages, then during the Ming Dynasty, a town was established at the strategically important BenzhenguanPass.

Construction of Huanghua cheng Great Wall began in 1575, during the Ming Dynasty, under the supervision of General Cai Kai. It took the fastidious Cai many years to finish the project, but when he returned to the capital to report the completion of his task, he was promptly beheaded. Scheming ministers had told Emperor Wanli that the workmanship Cai oversaw was slipshod and lackadaisical. The emperor was so enraged by these scurrilous reports, he ordered Cai's immediate execution. It later occurred to the emperor that an investigation might be in order, so he sent a trusted aid to survey Cai’s wall. The aid reported back that Huanghuaheng Great Wall was solid, steep and exemplified the finest workmanship. Realizing he had been perhaps a little hasty in condemning Cai to death, Wanli ordered a tomb and memorial stele to be erected in honor of the loyal general.

He also had the characters "Jin Tang", meaning firm, stable, inscribed on the face of a huge rock below the wall, so there should be no further doubt, which explains why the wall is also known as Jintang Great Wall.

Sights of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall:

There is a lake and a reservoir nearby. The crescent shaped reservoir is called Huanghuacheng Reservoir, while the name of the lake is Jintang. The water of the lake is cold and clear, and it is fed by numerous springs. A sluice gate has been built on Jintang Lake, over which water flows in the summer.

Parts of Huanghua cheng Great Wall were destroyed and fell into Jintang Lake after being bombed during the Japanese invasion of China half a century ago.

The entire section of wall comprises of six forts, six passes, twelve beacon-towers, and thirty-two guard towers. Among them, Yaoziyu Fort is the best preserved. Covering an area of 7,000 square meters, it was built in 1592. There is a scholar tree standing in the castle courtyard that was planted in that same year.

The steepest section of Huanghuacheng Great Wall is known as Shibadeng, and requires special care when climbing, especially after rain.

Huanghuacheng Features

For the Huanghuacheng Great Wall, otherwise known as “The Lakeside Great Wall”, the most beautiful season to visit is in the autumn. The surrounding mountains are vibrantly colorful, the lake is deep and tranquil, and the ancient Great Wall stands majesticly against the clear blue sky. Rushing springs and jingling streams; birds flying as if in a choreographed dance; fish swimming around, the Great Wall meandering across the mountain, leaves scattering everywhere- this is the scene that will greet you upon your visit. Torch trees; chestnut trees; pines and cypress, the different colors of radiance and beauty that accentuate the scene makes it even more memorable. When you explore scenery such as this, enjoy the dark and romantic fall that nature gives to you. The mystery and grandiosity “The Lakeside Great Wall” gives to you, how fantastic it is!

There are three unique features of Huanghuacheng. In Chinese, it is called “yijue” (first talent), “erjue” (second talent), and “sanjue” (third talent).

“Yijue” is a part of the Great Wall that was built in 1404. It’s precipitous and grand and which twists up the mountains around Haoming Lake. This part of the Great Wall was not only the guarded north gate of old Beijing, but also became an important part of the Ming Tombs; in short, the essence of the Great Wall.

“Erjue” are the three sections of the Great Wall naturally separated by the lakes. It is a combination of spectacular mountain ranges, serene water bodies, and ancient Great Wall. It is the only Great Wall section accommodating both mountains and water in Beijing,

“Sanjue” is the Chestnut Park Habitat of the Ming dynasty, featuring old and different trees intertwined. It’s said that soldiers who guarded the city during the Ming dynasty spent more time cultivating the wild field than on defense. As a result of their work, the wild field transformed into a huge chestnut habitat, weather-beaten but deeply rooted. It’s a unique human-engineered landscape in Beijing's suburban area.