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GW10: Huanghuacheng Great Wall Hiking
Meals: not included, but our guide will offer some suggestions.
- 1 person$255
- 2 persons$136
- 3 persons$107
- 4 persons$81
- 5 persons$73
- 6 persons$60
- 7 persons$61
- 8 persons$59
- 9 persons$59
If you are not interested in a guided hiking tour and prefer to take a bit adventures by yourself, we provide the following information for your reference.
Huanghuacheng Great Wall is 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) long, and was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), and located in Huairou District, 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) northeast of Beijing. Constructed of millet congee, making it solid and strong; the wall once served as the defense of the ancient capital Beijing, as well as guarding the imperial Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty. Part of the wall was submerged under water and was given the name Water Great wall.
Another option is to take bus No. 916 from Dongzhimen Station costing CNY 12 per person. It is available from 04:55 to 19:00 leaving every 15 - 20 minutes every day. Get off at Nan Hua Yuan San Qu of Huairou, then walk on about 100 meters and connect bus H21 at Nan Hua Yuan Si Qu to Shuichangcheng (water great wall). The bus runs every 40 - 50 minutes. You can also take a taxi to the attraction, costing about CNY 150 per cab.
When you see the three Chinese characters "Huang Hua Cheng" at the entrance of a village you have arrived at your destination. Follow the narrow path on the left which lead to the Xishuiyu Scenic Area, which boasts picturesque scenery and is known in North China as Little West Lake. Xishuiyu Scenic Area is mainly composed of Haoming Lake and some man-made entertainment facilities on the island around the lake. The Haoming Lake divides Huanghuacheng Great Wall into three parts. This hiking tour will focus on the most splendid section.
The wall between the first and second guard towers is in ruins. The road between the walls is also dilapidated. However, you will realize that this part of the road is the best compared to others. The roof and the walls of the second guard tower have totally collapsed and are now covered in weeds and trees. The road from the second guard tower to the third guard tower is not very steep, but very narrow. The great wall was built on the ridge of a mountain, walking on the wall is like walking on a single-plank bridge. After climbing over the third guard tower, you will find the road in the middle of the walls is full of shrubs and weeds making it accessible, but difficult.
The road leading to the ninth guard tower is very steep, is covered by gravel and is very slippery. We advise you to concentrate on climb as opposed to the scenery on this part of the wall. The ninth guard tower was built on the mountain peak and is totally weathered. From here, the wall slopes down the valley again and submerges into the water at the end, giving an eerie view of the wall under water.
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