Wild Great Wall in Beijing
In despite of the well-renovated sections like Badaling, Mutianyu, and Juyongguan, there are still many sections of the Great Wall in Beijing worth visiting. With seldom renovation, most of them still retain their original appearances. Although broken, visitors can truly feel the vicissitudes of history and steps of time there. For hiking lovers and adventurous travelers, they are also great destinations. These sections have a collective name - Wild Great Wall, with the most famous locations as follow:
Jiankou Great Wall (Arrow Nock Great Wall)
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Due to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery, Jiankou has become a photographic hotspot and also a hot travel destination these days. 'Jiankou', is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, because the shape of the mountain is like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock. Arrow Nock was an important section of the wall built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Zigzagging 12 miles (20 kilometers) on a lofty mountain ridge, it is also one of the most dangerous sections. Built of large pieces of white rock- dolomite, the wall would strike to your eyes at a distance.
Further Reading: Jiankou Hiking
Huanghuacheng Great Wall
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Huanghuacheng is the only section in Beijing that was built by a lake. The wall is separated into three segments by water with a small part of it submerged. Embraced by green mountains with clear lake along the wall, it presents a unique scene combining the desolation of the frontier and the beauty of the nature. You can enjoy yourself by taking a boat on the lake and view the Great Wall at the same time. It is also a great destination for family and friends to have fun: going picnic, fishing, and even throwing a barbecue party.
Gubeikou section preserves segments built in two dynasties. First constructed in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 – 577), it was renovated in the Ming Dynasty, retaining some previous part. Leaning against Wohu Mountain and Panlong Mountain, it was of great strategic importance since the Liao Dynasty (907 – 1125), where many historical wars taken place, making it a famous ancient battlement field.
Further Reading: Gubeikou Hiking
Lupiguan Great Wall
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Lupiguan (Deerskin Pass) was one of the most important Great Wall passes built in the Ming Dynasty. Built on the ridges of a valley with the Baihe River flowing by, it was easy to hold but hard to attack. However, the original section can hardly be recognized, only the remnants and a few towers remain on the top of the mountains.
More Wild Sections in Beijing
Badaling Remnant Xiangshuihu
Traveling Tips- Top Dos and Don’ts on Wild Great Wall
|Check the weather before your visit.||Don't go there when it rains, snows, or thunders.|
|Wear-resistant, breathable, and windproof clothes, and hiking boots are the best outfit. You'd better take an alpenstock. It is a good helper to save energy while climbing.||Short sleeves, breeches, and sandals do little protection from being scratched by weeds and sticks. Some part has been badly damaged with remnants and gravels on the road. You may get injured wearing sandals.|
|Without obvious direction signs, compass or hand-held GPS can help you find the direction. Or you can find a local resident who is familiar with the path as your guide.||
Don't walk around randomly, or you may get lost.
|Go downhill before dark.||Don't stay there until the sunset. It's easier to lose your way for there's no light along the wall.|
|Find yourself some companions.||Don't try this alone.|
|There's no shop or booth up there. You need to pack some snacks in your preparation.||Don't eat wild fruits along the path in case of being poisoned.|
|The walls were built on moutains, making it very difficult to find drinkable water. So remember to bring enough water.||Don't gulp water.|
|Choose safe paths and watch your step. Use both your hands and feet to get through steep segments.||Don't try any dangerous moves while climbing.|
|In some difficult segments, you may probably find some cloth strips on the tree branches or arrows on the ground. They are signs made by other hikers, pointing out the safer path, after which you may follow.||Don't walk along the untrodden paths.|
|If you want to take pictures, make sure you have already kept your feet steadily on the ground.||Don't do any dangerous postures while shooting.|