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 ()


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 Apr. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Juyongguan
Asked by Jack from USA | Apr. 20, 2019 13:36Reply
I climbed the western side to a watchtower with a locked gate on it. How far is that?
Asked by Camille f from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 03, 2019 16:32Reply
Hi! If I will bring an electric curler
where should I put it in the carry on or check in I’m traveling through air china
Answers (1)
Answered by Sally from CANADA | Jan. 06, 2019 16:56

Hi, you are suggested to put in check in luggage.
Asked by Camille f from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 01, 2019 08:59Reply
Is there snow at junyongguan part at jan 19-22?
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 01, 2019 19:14

There may not be snow according to the weather forecast and the temperature may range from -5C to 5C.
Asked by George Fonti from USA | Dec. 13, 2018 10:35Reply
Is there a lift to the top of the Juyongguan Great Wall from the arrival center?
I was told by our travel agent there is a motorized method to go from the reception area to the top of the wall for a view of the surroundings. Is this true?
George Fonti
Answers (1)
Answered by Jason from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 16, 2018 18:15

I remembered there was no lift in the Juyongguan Great Wall and everyone needed to climb it on foot. However, I 'm not very sure about now. There are cable cars available in both Badaling and Mutianyu Great Walls.
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
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry from BELGIUM | Dec. 09, 2018 23:51

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.
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