Beijing - Huangyaguan - Beijing (L)
Meet your expert guide at your hotel at 8 am and travel through the bustling streets by private, climate-controlled vehicle toward the Huangyaguan Great Wall.
On route, hear all about this section of the UNESCO-listed wall, which runs for 26 miles (46 kilometers) along mountain ridges north of Tianjin. Constructed initially under the Northern Qi dynasty during the 6th century, Huangyaguan rebuilt in the Ming era between the 14th and 17th centuries, before several miles of it were again restored between 1984 and 1986.
On arrival, we will hike along the steeply stepped battlements, absorbing the spectacular views over the mountains and watchtowers disappearing into the distance. We will spend 3 hours hike this section. After that, we will have lunch at a local restaurant before head back to Beijing.
Huangyaguan Great Wall Overview:
Huangyaguan Great Wall was first built during the Northern Qi Dynasty and repaired extensively during the Ming Dynasty under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a renowned general of that time.Stretching 26 miles (42 kilometers) from the General Pass in Beijing to Malan Pass in Hebei, there used to be 52 watchtowers and 14 beacon towers in total. However, most of this part of the wall has collapsed due to lack of renovation. Starting from 1984, people spent three years repairing 3,308 yards (3,025 meters) of the wall and 20 watchtowers.Because the cliff rocks to the east of the pass are mostly yellow and they look gilded at sunset, this section got its name Huangya (Yellow Cliff) Pass.
Surrounded by rugged mountains, Huangya Pass is one of the most critical passes with barbicans, turrets, emplacements, barracks and other indispensable military facilities orderly arranged. Within the pass, more than 40 crisscrossing streets form the shape of the Eight Diagrams, which gives the pass a nickname, Eight Diagram Fortification City. In the center of the Eight Diagram Street block is the Great Wall Museum, which used to be the Dispatcher's Office in the Ming Dynasty. Here, you can have a look at the weapons and daily necessities used by soldiers of the Ming Dynasty. Besides the constructional sites, you can also feel the cultural atmosphere by viewing poems inscribed in the Stele Forests and couplets carved on the bamboo strips in the Couplet Hall.
What to take:
- Comfortable shoes and boots.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Cap or hat
- Camera and snacks
- Rain jacket or wind proof jacket (depends on weather)
- There is no toilet along the oath on the wall. There are toilets at the entrance of Huangyaguan Great Wall.
- You will be followed by local farmers when starting the hike. They try to provide their help along the way, as a reward they will sell some souvenirs or snacks. If you don't like, you can say No, Thanks instead of saying Maybe later. Embrace it, or ignore them. Other they might follow you all the way on the wall.
- We provide unlimited bottled water in private car/bus, and you will need a daypack to carry them.
- It is traveler's responsibility to ensure that you have travel insurance. It is traveler's responsibility to be sure to have coverage of injury or accident.
- Trekking Poles: this is available to rent upon booking. 10 CNY per day/per a pair
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