Juyongguan Great Wall

Juyongguan Great Wall is one of the three most famous passes along the Great Wall of China, together with Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan. 37 miles (60 km) from downtown Beijing, Juyong Pass was a solid stronghold encircling a valley, which was the northern direct access to Beijing in ancient times.

Juyongguan Pass in Beijing
Juyongguan Pass 
Map of Juyongguan Great Wall
Map of Juyongguan Great Wall ()

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Why Visit Juyongguan Rather Than Others

 Juyong Pass ranks as the first of the three impregnable passes along the Great Wall (the other two are Jiayuguan Pass and Shanhaiguan Pass).

 Besides the ancient wall, many old buildings, like towers and temples, can be seen there.

 Stairs on the western part are quite steep while the other side is gentler, suitable for people who are energetic and those who are weak in sports.

 37 miles (60 kilometers) away from downtown Beijing, it is the nearest section from the city proper.

Juyongguan Great Wall
Grand Pass by the River
Juyongguan Cloud Platform
Cloud Platform inside the Pass

Basic Facts of Juyongguan Great Wall

 Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains on two sides, it has long been a military stronghold.

 It was first built in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC) and Warring States Period (476 – 221 BC) by Yan State as a fortification, and was linked to the Great Wall of China in the Southern and Northern Dynasties (386 – 589).

 Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), ordered the pass to be rebuilt to protect the northern borders from Mongol invasions. The extant pass was built then, and renovated in 1992.

 The mountain to the east is the 492 feet (150 meters) high Cuiping Mountain, with 4,921 feet (1,500 meters) of wall on its ridges. To the west is 1,152 feet (351 meters) Jingui Mountain, with 3,937 feet (1,200 meters) of wall built on it. The walls on the two mountains look like giant arms cradling the buildings of the valley.

 The pass is roughly circular with a perimeter of about 4,530 yards (4,142 meters) long. The widest point of the wall is 18 yards (16.7 meters), while the narrowest measures only 1.3 yards (1.2 meters).

 It consists of two gates, one in the south and the other in the north, respectively called Nan (south) Guan (gate) and Bei (north) Guan. Two high watchtowers were built at each gate.

 There is a high platform called Cloud Platform in the center of the pass. It is a white marble construction. There used to be buildings on top of the platform, but they were destroyed by fire and only the marble base remains. An arched doorway penetrates the platform. On the walls of the doorway, statues of four heavenly gods and sutra scriptures were carved.

Admission Fee April to October CNY 45 for adults and children over 3.9 feet (1.2 meters). Free for children less than 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) in height.
November to March CNY 40 for adults and children over 3.9 feet (1.2 meters).
Opening Hours April to October 8:00 – 17:00
November to March 8:30 – 16:00
Juyongguan Pass
Beijing Juyongguan Great Wall

How to Tour Juyongguan Great Wall

 It is a closed loop. You can finish your whole trip without backtracking, in one day. You can also have a half-day tour only visiting half of it.

 From south gate (main entrance), you can start your tour either eastward or westward. Stairs in the eastern section are gentler than the western side. Those who are not too fit can pick the eastern route.

 When arriving at the north gate, visitors can take a good rest there, and then decide whether to continue the other half or not. If you are too tired to finish the whole tour, you can come back down and visit buildings inside the pass.

 Two gate towers are now the best view points to see the full picture of the pass. No. 13 Beacon Tower at the west section is the highest point of the scenic area. You can have a bird's-eye-view of the pass there, too.

 Stairs can be very slippery when wet. You'd better check the weather before your visit to avoid bad conditions.

Juyongguan Great Wall Juyongguan Pass

When is the Best Time to Visit?

The best times to visit this section are April, May, September and October. In April and May, the green mountains are dotted with beautiful flowers. The ancient wall is immersed in a sea of flowers. In autumn, the flamboyant leaves form another highlight of the scenic area. To have a joyful visiting experience, you should avoid the tour peaks of the May Day Holiday (May 1 to May 3) and the National Day Holiday (October 1 to October 7).

How to Get to Juyongguan Great Wall from Downtown Beijing

 By Bus: Chang 68
Take subway line 13 to Longze Station. Then, take bus line Chang 19, Chang 21, Chang 58, or 519 to Shahe Station. Afterwards, take bus line Chang 20 to get there.

Or, you can take bus line 345, 670, 883,  889, or 919 from Deshengmen West Station to Shahe Station. Then, transfer to bus line Chang 20 to the site.

 By Train: S2
You can first take subway line 8 or line 13 to get to Huoying Station, and exit from G4 to find Huangtudian Railway Station. Here take the train S2 to Badaling Railway Station, and then take a free shuttle bus to Badaling Bus Station, where you can transfer to bus 879 to get to Juyongguan.

 

Where to Eat

There's no restaurant in the scenic area. You'd better take some snacks. Visitors always get sweating. So bringing some bottled water is also necessary.

 Related Tour: 
One Day Great Wall Tour: Juyongguan - Badaling - Mutianyu
Juyongguan Great Wall Hiking Tour

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- Last modified on May. 07, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Juyongguan
Asked by Ah Tiong from SINGAPORE | Apr. 28, 2019 02:11Reply
Bus Chang 68 or Chang 20?
Hi,

Should I take Bus Chang 68 or Chang 20 from Shahe bus station to go to Juyongguan Great Wall?

The website said Chang 20 but the heading states Chang 68......

Many Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Christian from UKRAINE | May. 07, 2019 00:57
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Yes, you are correct. The bus No. Chang 20 is right one.
Asked by Ah Tiong from SINGAPORE | Apr. 28, 2019 02:02Reply
Can I take Bus 879 from Badaling Great Wall directly to Juyongguan Great Wall?
Journey about 30 mins?

Many thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Julian from POLAND | May. 07, 2019 00:32
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Yes, you can take the direct bus no.879. The journey takes 30 to 40 minutes.
Asked by Stephen Boon Ngan Lim from AUSTRALIASTEPHENBNLIM | Apr. 25, 2019 18:13Reply
i climbed Juyongguan Great Wall from car park to No 8 Lookout.
How many Km and steps and the height ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lucas from UAE | Apr. 27, 2019 23:00
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Sorry, I didn't find the exact length from the park lot to the No.8 Watchtower. But generally speaking, you need to walk around 2.5 hours.
Asked by Reynaldo Sauler from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 24, 2019 02:11Reply
How many steps climbing from the Juyongguan Gate to the first Cloud Tower?
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Answered by Moss from USA | Apr. 24, 2019 19:46
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It is hard to say but it takes about 10 minutes to get there.
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