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Great Wall Hiking from Laolongtou to Shanhaiguan & Jiaoshan

This hiking tour at Great Wall is composed of three highlights. The first is the eastern starting point of the Great Wall - Old Dragon's Head (Laolongtou), the second is the “first pass under heaven” - Shanghaiguan and the last is the “first mountain of the Great Wall” - Jiaoshan Mountain. 

One third of the route is located within the city, one third is scenic countryside and the remaining third comprises steep mountains. It is a tour combining both sightseeing and hiking, generally needing 2 days. 
Jiaoshan Great Wall
How to Get to Laolongtou Great Wall
1. Train
If you plan to arrive by train, get off at Shanhaiguan Railway Station. There are high speed trains from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and many other cities. After getting off, take local bus no.25 to Laolongtou directly. 

If you arrive late in the afternoon or evening, we suggest you get off at Qinhuangdao Railway Station, stay one night near the railway station and set off early next morning. You'd better make an early reservation on the hotel room, especially in the high season - June to September. From Qinhuangdao Railway Station, you may take bus no. 39 to New Century Park, than change to bus no. T1 to Laolongtou. This transfer takes about 75 minutes all together. 
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2. Flight
Qinhuangdao Airport is well connected by domestic flight with many cities in China. Upon landing, take a taxi to reach Laolongtou directly. The taxi fare is around CNY30-35. 

Or you may take airport shuttle bus to downtown, stay for one night and start hiking tomorrow. 
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Chenghai Tower of Laolongtou
Stop 1: Laolongtou Great Wall
Laolongtou Great Wall is the eastern starting point of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), and is also the only section on the sea. When the whole Great Wall is compared to a huge dragon winding through China, the Laolongtou is just like the head of the dragon stretching into the Bohai Sea. That's where its name comes out. 

Admission fee: May to October: CNY 50; November to Next April: CNY 20
Recommended visit time: 2 hours
Laolongtou to Shanhaiguan Great Wall Hiking
Sea View around Laolongtou
The Great Wall from Laolongtou to Shanhaiguan has a length of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). As many sections are in ruins or blocked, hikers actually walk along its foot instead of on it. On the way, you could have a good view of the sea and rural scenery. 

It will take you about half a day to finish this trip and it would be late in the afternoon when you reach Shanhaiguan. So we suggest you to stop today’s hiking here and restart tomorrow from Shanhaiguan. About tonight’s accommodation, you may either check in a hotel nearby or go back to Qinhuangdao downtown by bus no.33. 

If you are not interested in finishing the distance by walk, take bus no.25 from Laolongtou to Shanhaiguan and restart the sightseeing directly. Ticket fare is CNY2 and duration is about 30 minutes. After touring Shanhaiguan, check in a hotel for a good rest. 
Stop 2: Shanhaiguan Pass
Shanhaiguan Pass is reputed as the first pass of the Great Wall. Ever since it was built in the year of 1381, the Pass has become an important military stronghold in China.

The pass has a perimeter of about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). The Wall around it is 14 meters (45.9 feet) high and 7 meters (7.7 yards) thick. With its majestic watchtower as the mainstay, you can also see the surrounding architecture such as Jingbian Tower, Linlu Tower, Weiyuan Hall and Great Wall Museum. The most popular sightseeing area is its eastern gate and surroundings. 

Admission fee: May to October: CNY 40; November to Next April: CNY 15
Recommended visit time: 2 hours
Shanhaiguan to Jiaoshan Great Wall Hiking
You may start from the northern gate of Shanhaiguan Pass to Jiaoshan Great Wall, measuring about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) long. Many sections have collapsed and only some bricks are left, when you need to get off to make a detour. You will also see some ruined towers along the way. This part will take you about 90 minutes on foot.

If you travel by public transport, it costs about CNY10-15 by taxi. During peak season, there is a tourism bus line available for this transfer. 
Entrance to Jiaoshan
Hiking on Jiaoshan
Stop 3: Jiaoshan Great Wall
Starting from the Hanmen 10th Tower, the Jiaoshan Great Wall leaps and meanders along the ridge of the Jiaoshan Mountain for about 1.5 km (about 1 mile). After renovation, it is in good condition. 

Admission fee: CNY 30 from April to November; CNY 10 from December to March
Recommended visit time: 1 hour 

This is all about this hiking tour. After, you may take a taxi to Shanhaiguan Railway Station, at the cost of CNY10-15 and take a train to your next destination. 

 Photos of Shanhaiguan    Laolongtou Photos    Jiaoshan Photos
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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
Juyongguan Appreciation: A visit to Juyongguan to appreciate the famous stronghold of the great wall
Jinshanling Hiking: Guided one-day Jinshanling hiking, starting from $69 per person

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Questions & Answers
Asked by Kirsten from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 06, 2019 21:03Reply
Hiking from Shanhaiguan pass to laolongtou
Hi, I'm a little confused about the hiking. I'm wanting to start from Shanhaiguan and hike to laolongtou (where the wall meets the sea). Ideally I'd like to just do a day trip from Beijing, get a early train and then head back late at night. Is this possible? Also how do I get to my starting point, is there a bus from the train station? Also I saw that there are trains to Shanhaiguan, would it not be best to get off there than at qinhuandao? Any other advice would b helpful, thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Joanna | Apr. 11, 2019 17:21

Laolongtou is located on the coast of Bohai sea, 4km south of Shanhaiguan city, Hebei province. If you arrive at Shanhaiguan railway station, you can take bus No. 25 and go through 10 stops to get off at Laolongtou station. Then walk for about 400 meters to the Laolongtou scenic area. Besides, I think time is enough if you can buy the round train tickets in a day.
Asked by Louise from CANADA | Jun. 19, 2017 01:09Reply
Shanhaiguan Pass to Jiaoshan Great Wall
Is it possible to get a taxi or bus from Shanhaiguan to Jiaoshan? I want to see both when I am there in July.
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Answered by Amy | Jun. 19, 2017 20:42

Yes, you can take a taxi from Shanhaiguan to Jiaoshan Great Wall and the fare is around CNY10-15 per cab.
Answered by Louise from CANADA | Jun. 19, 2017 22:24

Thats great - thank you!
Asked by Scott B from USA | Nov. 23, 2016 12:38Reply
What is the best way to get to Shanhaiguan from the Cruise terminal in Tinjin?
We will be arriving on 3/28/2017 and would like to make a day trip to this area on 3/29/2016- how long would this be? Is there a high speed train option? Would we have to travel from Beijing area or direct?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jack | Nov. 23, 2016 18:32

There are high speed trains from Tianjin to Shanhaiguan directly. You can take the train from Tianjin West Railway Station or Tianjin Railway Station. The train journey takes around 1.5 hours.
Asked by Mylene from CHINA | Mar. 16, 2016 11:13Reply
Is Information Current
Hello, we are planning on going there this weekend. Would like to know if the information provided is up to date as we will use this as our guide. Please advise. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Mar. 16, 2016 21:01

Dear Mylene,

Yes, the above information is up to date and only for your reference. You are suggested to recheck the train schedule with railway station before your departure. Thank you.
Asked by Max O'Kane | May. 13, 2015 09:50Reply
Hello, if as you suggest we stay overnight at Shanhaiguan when walking from Laolongtou to Jiaoshan
Can you suggest the names of some hotels we could make a booking? Many thanks, Max
Answers (2)
Answered by Oscar from INDONESIA | May. 13, 2015 19:53

Here are several hotels for reference:
1. Wanghai Vacational Village: No.1, Wanghai Road, Longhai Avenue (close to the entrance of Old Dragon's Head Scenic Area)
2. Camel Blue Bay Holiday Hotel: 500 yards east to Old Dragon's Head
3. Jinjiang Inn (Shanghaiguan Brabch): No.183-6, Old Dragon's Head Road. This one is in the urban area, but still not far from the scenic area.
Answered by Max O'Kane from AUSTRALIA | May. 19, 2015 04:19

Thank You
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