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GW09: Juyongguan Great Wall Hiking

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This morning, our guide and driver will greet you at your hotel lobby and then a private transfer will take you to the Juyongguan Pass of the Great Wall. Juyongguan Great Wall is constructed in a valley stretching for about 15 kilometers. It has been regarded as one of the Eight Scenes in Ancient Yanjing as early as 800 years ago. Our guide will escort you to hike the wall and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. A pair of comfortable shoes is necessary as some of the steps are quite steep. Lunch is on your own arrangement. You may take some snacks or fast food to refresh yourself. After the hiking tour ends, we will transfer you back to your hotel.

Meals: not included, but our guide will offer some suggestions.

Prices (US$ Per Person)
  • 1 person
    $244
  • 2 persons
    $130
  • 3 persons
    $102
  • 4 persons
    $76
  • 5 persons
    $70
  • 6 persons
    $57
  • 7 persons
    $58
  • 8 persons
    $54
  • 9 persons
    $54
  • 10+
    $49

If you wish to do this hike by yourself, the following detailed information might be helpful. 

Juyongguan Great Wall in Changping County, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the city center of Beijing, and 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Badaling, was a strategic military garrison in ancient times. The pass, encircled by walls, is a renowned ancient stronghold along the great wall in Beijing. It was built in a 20-kilometer valley and is made up of two passes, one in the south (Nankou), the other in the north (Badaling), providing two defensive gates for Juyongguan Pass.



Nanguan Lou, Juyongguan


The first section of Juyongguan

This section can be easily reached from Beijing in about 2 hours via any of the two transport modes as follows:

 By bus: 
1. Take bus No. 345 from Deshengmen to Shahe, and then change to Changping bus No. 68 to Juyongguan.
2. Take bus No.883 from Deshengmen to Nankou East Street, and then change to Changping bus No. 68 to Juyongguan.

 By car: Drive along the Badaling Expressway and take the Juyongguan Pass Exit.


Yuntai, Juyongguan Pass


Guoji Fang, Juyongguan Pass

Nanguan Lou & Yuntai
The ticket office is not far from the parking lot. The entrance fee is CNY45 during peak season (Apr 1st to Oct 30th) and CNY40 in the low season (Nov 1st to Mar 31st). There is no cable car service here. Proceed towards the north and you will pass by the Ying'en Fang, Liujiao Pavilion and Guanwang Temple, before reaching the Nanguan Lou (archway) where you will see a written banner "The number one guarding pass under the heaven" atop the decorated archway. Nanguan Lou with Beiguan Lou in the north is located between two mountains, forming a natural bottleneck in this main passage. An old Chinese saying goes like this: "one man guards the pass, and ten thousand enemies are unable to get through". Begin you climb of the wall by walking upwards along the stairways of the Nanguan Lou.


Guanwang Temple of the Pass


Juyongguan Section

Guoji Fang is another carved arch to the north of Nanguan Lou. Walk through it and you will see a ticket office near the Yuntai parking lot. The 4-star Juyongguan Ancient Hostel is located north of Yuntai.

The entire Juyongguan wall is circular in shape, with a perimeter of about 4,142 meters (4,530 yards) stretching along the ridge line of incredibly steep mountains. It consists of two sections: the 2,097.8-meter (2,294.2 yards) west wall on Jinju Mountain and the 1,505-meter (1,645.9 yards) east wall on Cuiping Mountain. The west wall is not only steeper but also more attractive than the east wall. There are altogether fifteen watchtowers with nine on the west wall and six on the east wall.


Juyongguan scenery


Climbing on the Wall

West Great Wall
There are 1,700 steps to the top of the mountain from the west wall. The first section is flat and in good condition. Shizi Tower is located here and Mashen Temple is towards the north. A 15-20 minutes trek will take you to the first watchtower in the west. The Biaozhong Ancestral Temple, Diecui College and Chenghuang Temple are located south of the watchtower. Continue forward to reach the second and the third watchtowers, and then you will pass by a turret tower on the west mountain where it was believed that soldiers ambushed their enemy during the ancient time.

The road beyond becomes gradually steeper with certain sections nearly 80 degree incline. As you approach the fourth watchtower, there is a narrow path in the north of the Xiju Mountian that leads to the Sifang Pavilion and the Guandi Temple. The temple was built to commemorate the famous general Guanyu of the Three Kingdoms Period (190-280). Before reaching the fifth watchtower, you will pass by a toilet and Pufang. The Pufang was the hidden and living quarter for the soldiers who guarded the pass in the ancient times. You will also find handicraft stores here. Take you time to browse around and rest a bit as you have already travelled half of the east wall.


Watchtower


Mashen Temple of the Pass

Beiguan Lou & East Great Wall
Only the Guancheng tower and north section of the east wall are clearly visible from the Beiguan Lou, where the Zhenwu Temple is located. From Beiguan Lou, walk eastward to the east wall. Climb up a steep section and after passing by the first and second watchtowers, you can see the No.1 flat roof. Further on is the third watchtower in the east where the route thereon is downhill. After passing the fourth tower, you will come across a narrow branch path to Lvzhu Temple and Changduan Pavilion. You are nearly at the foot of the East Wall once you reach the fifth watchtower, where the Water Gate connects the wall on the other side of the river.


Juyongguan


Water Gate

The trip will take about three to four hours. To avoid the crowds, you may reverse the above itinerary by starting from East Wall and going down the mountain from the west wall.

There are many spectacular sights along the Guangou scenic area, such as Xianzhen Stone, Wulang Temple, Liulang Zhai, Tanqing Canyon, Wangjin Stone and Zhantianyou bronze. If time permits, you can have a night stay at Juyongguan Pass Great Wall Old Hostel to continue your visit the next day. Otherwise, take a bus to Shahe and connect to bus No. 345 or 883 back to the city.

Photos of Juyongguan
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Simatai Exploration: One day hike tour to Simatai and Gubei Water Town
Gubeikou Hiking: One day exploration to the wild Gubeikou

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Questions & Answers
Asked by Mildred Demafeliz from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 14, 2018 19:27Reply
Hi. We are going to beijing china on november 28 to december 2.
Is the weather very cold? What do we need to bring?
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Answered by Jason from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 16, 2018 00:43
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Yes, it is dry and freezing and its temperature ranges from -2°C (28°F). You should wear the woolen sweater and down coat. And the warm gloves, a scarf, hat and mask are indispensable.
Asked by Axel from USA | Mar. 07, 2018 10:44Reply
Has anyone been to the Great Wall using public transportation?
Can you advise on the amount of money you spent for transportation, tickets, etc? We were quoted for $250.00 USD from a tour that picks us up and drops us off from/to hotel but only takes us to the Great Wall. It seems pricey and want an alternative.
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Answered by Rita from SINGAPORE | Mar. 08, 2018 00:41
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Which section do you refer to? Let's take Badaling Great Wall for an example. The public bus from downtown Beijing costs CNY12 per person. The entrance fee is CNY35 during slack season and CNY40 during peak season. And the round trip cable car rides cost CNY140. At this point, the private tour indeed costs a lot. But they will arrange private transfer services so that there is no need to wait for the bus or bear the crowds and the English speaking guide will help you for the whole trip.
Answered by Axel from USA | Mar. 08, 2018 21:40
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I would like to go to Badaling section since I heard it's the most popular section. I don't mind waking up super early to take the bus, which is what vacation is all about. I can always request a private transfer but what would be the joy of that? Thanks for letting me know about the prices - trying to figure out how much it costs for then entire excursion, plus food.
Asked by Jessica from AMERICAN | Nov. 21, 2017 13:03Reply
I have a 22 hour layover in PEK arriving at 12pm.
I planned a tour for the following day to see the great wall. What is the best way to go about things after getting off the plane? I see they have lounges that I would like to stay in over night until I need to leave for my tour.
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Answered by Michelle from USA | Nov. 21, 2017 20:47
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Your luggage can be stored at the airport. The storage counter is in the east and west of Arriving Hall in T3; near No.10 Gate of T2; in the east of the 2nd floor in T1.
To Juyongguan Great Wall, you can take Shuttle Bus Line 18 to Jingkeyuan Dong, and then walk across the road to take Bus 376 to Dengzhuang.
At Dengzhuang, you can take Bus 879 to the great wall. It takes about 2 hours and CNY35.
Asked by luce from FRANCE | Jul. 19, 2017 05:51Reply
bus to juyongguan
Hey. I have read different stories about a bus I can take from shahe to go to juyongguan.
is it shahe subway station ?
do you know what time is a bus please?
Thank you
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Answered by Frank from USA | Jul. 19, 2017 20:34
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1. Well, it is not the Shahe Subway Station. From Shahe Subway Station, Exit A2, you may walk around 100 meters along Nanfeng Road and turn left for 100 meters to Shahe Subway Bus Stop. Then you may take bus no.Chang 19 or no.670 to Shahe Bus Stop directly. Upon arrival, you may go across the road to the opposite Shahe Bus Stop and take bus no.Chang 68 to Juyongguan Great Wall directly.
2. This bus is the regular shuttle bus which works from 06:40 to 20:20.
Answered by luce from FRANCE | Jul. 20, 2017 00:11
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Thank you so much for your clear answer.
Answered by luce from FRANCE | Jul. 20, 2017 00:13
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Do you know how much the bus cost please? And for the way back until what time I can catch a bus please?
Answered by Frank | Jul. 20, 2017 04:09
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As I know, it may take around CNY4-7/person to take bus no.Chang68.
The return bus may work from 05:30 to 19:00,so you may catch this bus before 19:00.
Answered by luce from FRANCE | Jul. 20, 2017 05:02
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Thank you so much
Asked by Patricia Wong from MALAYSIA | Jun. 29, 2017 14:57Reply
Is Badaling Great Wall packed on Saturdays?
We plan to visit the Great Wall on Saturday, 2nd September. Which of the two, Badaling / Mutianya will be easier for some walking? will be packed? will have longer cableway ride? more scenic view in Sept?
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Answered by Kate from UK | Jun. 29, 2017 22:08
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As I know, Mutianyu Great Wall will be easier to walk and there will be fewer visitors than Badaling. The most important thing is you will enjoy more beautiful scenery at Mutianyu Great Wall Scenic Spot at that time. I am sorry that I cannot make sure which will have a longer cableway ride, but I have heard that the sightseeing along the cableway of Mutianyu Great Wall is quite great. Hope helpful.
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