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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng Great Wall scenery
Huanghuacheng Great Wall
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Although Huanghuacheng Great Wall is less famous than either Badaling or Mutianyu, it holds its own charm, surrounded by clear lake and lush plants.

 Why Visit Huanghuacheng Rather Than Others
 It is the only section in Beijing that was built through a lake. The whole section is defined in three segments by water.

It represents the essence of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).

 It blends frontier fortress scenes in with a backdrop of nature's landscapes.

 Climbing here is not strenuous and is therefore suitable for people of all ages.

  43 miles (70 kilometers) away from Beijing city proper, it is easily accessible.

 Basic Facts of Huanghuacheng Great Wall

 When summer arrives in full bloom, the entire village below is awashed in a sea of yellow wild flowers ('yellow flower' is 'huanghua' in Chinese). Hence the village name Huanghuacheng (Huanghua City in English), and by turn the Great Wall section acquires its name.

 The construction commenced in 1404, two years before the Ming Dynasty moved its capital to Beijing, and continued for 188 years

 Mountainous terrain nearby makes it strategically placed as the northern gateway to Beijing. 

Beijing Huanghuacheng Great Wall

 Solid large flagstones in the body of the wall have withstood the wear and tear from both nature and man.

 Embracing the clear Haoming Lake, this section is 7.7 miles (12.4 kilometers) in length and partly submerged.

 A reservoir dam was built on the former site of Xishuiyuguan Pass, near the entrance to the scenic area.

 Like other sections, partial segments are only submerged after the dam have caused a rising of water level and leading to today's special feature.

 There is a lush chestnut garden at the mountain foot. It was planted by soldiers of the Ming Dynasty, who were assigned to stand guard in Huanghuacheng.

Admission Fee CNY 45 for adults and children over 3.9 feet (1.2 meters).
Free for children less than 3.9 feet in height.
Opening Hours April to October  Weekdays: 8:30 – 17:00
Weekends, May 1 to 7, and October 1 to 7: 8:00 – 18:00
November to March  8:30 – 16:30


  How to Tour Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng Great Wall Map
Huanghuacheng Great Wall Map (Click to enlarge)

  There is a boardwalk on the hill facing the scenic area. You can see everything while wandering along the walk. The experience is pleasing with lush trees and clear lake by your side.

 Half way down the boardwalk, you will find a small island against the hill. At the center of the scenic area, it is the best vantage point. There is a wharf, where you can board a cruise to enhance your experience.

Yacht CNY 25 / per person / one-way
CNY 40 / per person / round-way
Sightseeing Boat CNY 20 / per person / one-way
CNY 35 / per person / round-way
Pedalo CNY 50 / h (for four people)
CNY 60 / h (for five people)
Rowing Boat CNY 40 / h (for four people)
Amphibious Car CNY 60 / per person/ once
(CNY 40 between June 10 to October 31

 Climbing this section is not challenging. But it is in serious disrepair.

 There is an ancient hilltop tower named Dongliushi Tower to the east of the dam. It is the highest point, providing a bird's-eye-view of the whole scenic area.

Great Wall at Huanghuacheng
Beacon Tower, Huanghuacheng Great Wall

 When is the Best Time to Visit?

The best time to visit this section is from April to October. The weather is pleasant in April, May, September, and October. With its lush plants and clear lake, it is also suitable for summer. 

 How to Get to Huanghuacheng Great Wall from Downtown Beijing

You can take special sightseeing bus or public bus to the scenic area. Both start from Dongzhimen and you need to take subway line 2 or line 13 to get there first.

 By Special Sightseeing Bus: 
It is available on weekends and holidays during peak travel season (April to October). First at Dongzhimen Public Transit Hub you need to buy a combo ticket for Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall and round-trip bus rides before getting onboard. Ticket fare is CNY 80 and the bus departs around 08:00 to 09:00.

 By Bus:
Take bus no.916 or 916 Express at Dongzhimen to Huairou Bus Station, and then board the bus H21 to the Small West Lake (Lakeside Great Wall) Station. Walk north to the scenic area.

Bus No. 916 Bus No. 916 Express Bus H21
Fare CNY 12 CNY 12 CNY 6
Operating Time From Dongzhimen:6:00 – 21:00
To Dongzhimen:4:55 – 19:00
From Dongzhimen: 5:50 – 19:50
To Dongzhimen: 4:50 – 20:00
5:35 – 18:20


 Where to Eat

 There is a grill in the scenic area. You can bring your own food and ingredients there. Or you can buy food inside. Price there is fair.

Site Fee CNY 5 / per person
Oven (including coals) CNY 150 / once

 You can also eat in the local villagers' houses near the scenic area. Most of them also provide accommodation.

 Further Reading
Hiking from Huanghuacheng to Xishuiyu
Wild Great Walls in Beijing