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 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

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- Last modified on Dec. 09, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Juyongguan
Asked by christina from SINGAPORE | Dec. 07, 2018 08:27Reply
Beijing to Juyongguan Pass only
Interested to visit JYP in the morning and Ming tomb after. Is there anyway to travel from Beijing straight to JYP? (Not going train to Badaling then change bus to JYP)

Any suggestion how should we travel from JYP to Ming tomb?

Thank you
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Answered by Harry from BELGIUM | Dec. 09, 2018 23:51
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You can take the Outer Ring of Metro Line 2 to Jishuitan and then walk east about 250m to take Bus Line 148 to Dabao and then take Bus Line Chang 20 to there.

From JYP to the Ming Tomb, you can take the bus line 879 to Nanxin Cun, then walk north about 200m you can get there.
Asked by PATRICIA6 | Nov. 13, 2018 01:24Reply
Which is the best wall for wheelchair access?
I understand Badaling has two lifts but is there flat wheelchair access on the wall?
My grandmother is unable to access steps
Thank you
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Answered by Ray from ITALY | Nov. 13, 2018 17:21
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As I know, there is a flat wheelchair access on the north side of the east gate. Upon arrival, you can consult the staff in the scenic area.
Asked by Michael Guest from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 25, 2018 00:45Reply
Height difference of Juyongguan Great Wall
What is the difference in altitude between the base/main entrance and the the highest point of the wall, which I think it's at beacon tower No.12 rather than 13?
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Answered by Mandy from CANADA | Oct. 25, 2018 19:01
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I only know the highest point is about 1,015m high.
Asked by Chris Chittenden from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 23, 2018 09:55Reply
How long to Juyongguan by bus from Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel?
If I followed you bus instructions and used Chang 68, how long would the trip take to get there and what is the latest bus return time.

Thanks Chris
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Answered by Arlen from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 24, 2018 22:30
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It may take you about 2.5 hours to get there by Bus 68.
Asked by Adrian from DE | May. 24, 2018 00:59Reply
I came across your website while looking for information on how to get to the Juyongguan Secction.
According to some websites, I could take the tourist Line no. 1 from Qianmen to Badaling. So could you please confirm if there is a stop at the Juyongguan Pass? if so, which stop is it the first stop or the second stop?

I′ve read, the last bus from Badaling back to Beijing departs at 16:30, could you please also advise me how to get from Juyongguan to Badaling, so that I can catch the bus back to Beijing?

I would really appreaciate your help, as the information on the internet is rather confusing.
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Answered by Ford from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 24, 2018 21:31
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Do you mean you want to visit Juyongguan at first and then transfer to Badaling?
If so, I’m sorry to tell you the Tourist Line No. 1 won’t have a stop at the Juyongguan Pass. So you can consider the ways recommended on this website to Juyongguan.

As for how to get from Juyongguan to Badaling before 16:30, you can take the Bus No.879 or 919 at the Juyongguan Station and get off at Badaling Station, and then the free shuttle bus will transfer you to the Badaling scenic spot. It usually takes about one and a half hours at most and the ticket fare is CNY 6 per person in a single trip.

So you’d better leave Juyongguan before 15:00 for Badaling to catch the return bus. But in this way, you won’t have time to visit Badaling. You are advised to visit Juyongguan in the morning and then to climb Badaling in the afternoon.
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