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Huanghuacheng Great Wall


Badaling, Mutianyu, and Simatai usually come to mind when one thinks of the Great Wall. These sections have become hot tourist spots after being renovated. But Huanghuacheng, a section of the Great Wall about 60 kilometers north of the city proper of Beijing, is still little known. It was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), located at Jiuduhe Town, Huairou District, 65 kilometers (40.39 miles) from Beijing City. This section of the Wall at 10,800 meters (about 6.7 miles) long is a resort with mountains, lakes and the ancient Great Wall.

History & Background
Although not as magnificent as Badaling or as precipitous as Simatai, Huanghuacheng stands as it used to. It is said that rice water was used as an adhesive to fix the bricks together, making the wall at this section extremely solid. Although it is largely damaged today, people can still find watchtowers, passes, and battlements, some of which remain intact. A huge rock stands out at one of the passes and is carved with two characters, (Jin Tang), hence this section is also called the Jin Tang Great Wall.

Huanghuacheng, historically known as Huanghuazhen, used to be a famous military fortress that stretched over 10,000 meters. Distinctive from other sections of the Great Wall, Huanghuacheng is separated by a several-dozen-meter-deep lake, around which green grass flourishes, and in which various fish shuttle. Springs abound in nearby villages, and because of this a majority of the local households have their own fishponds. Brown trout raised in spring water is a delicacy of the area. It can be eaten raw; or it can be steamed. The fish though is most delicious when roasted. Brown trout has very few bones, and the soup made of its head is aromatic and stimulates people's appetite.


Best Time To Visit 
When summer comes, the entire village under the Huanghuacheng is immersed in a sea of yellow wild flowers ('Yellow flower' is 'huanghua' in Chinese). Consequently, this village got the name Hunghuacheng, and this section is called Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

Things To Do
Going to Huanghuacheng Great Wall, you have four things to do at least. First, you should take photos. Since the lake breaks this section into three segments naturally, its uniqueness might surprise you. And the Huanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. Second, go to visit the chestnut garden under the Great Wall, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The ancient chestnut trees still grow very well. Third, climb up the steepest section of the Huanghuacheng, Shibadeng. It is like a dragon, ready to fly into the blue sky. Fourth, look at Yaoziyu Castle. It was built in the Ming Dynasty, still well-preserved. In the castle, there is an ancient Chinese scholar tree. It is said that touching it could bring you a blessing.


Admission Fee: CNY 34
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 (on weekdays); 07:30-17:30 (at weekends and Chinese Golden Week) 

1. Take Bus No.916 at Dongzhimen and get off at Huairou Dishui (Huairou Local Tax Bureau) (The air-conditioned Bus No.916 costs about CNY11, and the regular bus costs CNY 6), go forward about 50 meters (55 yards) and take the bus which runs between Huairou and Shuichangcheng (Xishuiyu) (the bus ticket costs CNY 3).

2. Take the special route bus "Changping - Jiuduhe" at Changping Long-distance bus station or at the crossing of Changling Lu in Changping District, and get off at Jiuduhe gas station (the bus ticket costs CNY 5), and take the bus which runs between Huairou and Shuichangcheng (Xishuiyu) and get off at the terminal station.

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Mosted Asked Questions about Huanghuacheng Great Wall

1. Where is Huanghuacheng Great Wall?

Huanghuacheng Great Wall is located in Jiuduhe Town, Huairou District. It is named after three sections of the Great Wall entering the water. It is the only great wall connected with the water in Beijing. The scenic spot is 70 kilometers away from the urban area of Beijing and 35 kilometers away from Huairou Dostrict.

2. How to Get to Huanghuacheng Great Wall?

By Bus
1)Start from Dongzhimen Bus Hub and take No. 916 Jingcheng express, drop off at Huairou "Nanhua Park Zone 3" , then go 100 meters ahead (passing the traffic light) and transfer to "Huairou Water Great Wall" bus line at "Nanhua Park Zone 4" or "Tax Station", and the terminal is the last station.(CNY 15)

2)Start from Changping Coach Station or Changling intersection, take the "Changping Jiuduhe Special Line" and drop off at Jiuduhe Gas Station, then take the "Huairou Water Great Wall" bus, and the terminal is the last station.(CNY 20)

By Car/Taxi
Drive or hire a taxi from Beijing downtown to Huanghuacheng Great Wall (1h,40mins). Taxi fair: about CNY 260 for one way.

3. What to see on Huanghuacheng Great Wall?

Great Wall view on the Water
Huanghuacheng Great Wall was built in the Ming Dynasty (1404). The wall hovers on the ridge of the mountain and is surrounded by the lake. The scenery is beautiful and spectacular. The Huanghuacheng Great Wall is not only guarding the Giant North Gate of ancient Beijing, but also becoming an important gateway to protect the Ming Tombs. It is the essence of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

Ancient Chestnut Garden
There is a Chestnut Garden built in Ming Dynasty around the Great Wall, covering an area of 100 mu, with more than 200 existing ancient trees. The chestnut trees in the garden are intricate and have different shapes.

Deep pool&Cliff
Walk up the Great Wall to Heilongtan Pool. Along the way, there are many natural landscapes, such as Longwei cave, lover's peak and Sanzhuliantan Pool.

4. How long we need spend on the Huanghuacheng Great Wall?

Huanghuacheng Great Wall is not that long, usually two hours of climbing is enough (excluding the round-trip traffic). Besides the Great Wall, there are some natural scenic spots around the wall.

5. Why visit Huanghuacheng Great Wall?

Although Huanghuacheng Great Wall is not as famous as the Mutianyu, Badaling and Juyongguan Great Wall, it is the only great wall built on the water with a very unique natural landscape. There is no crowded flow of tourists, which is undoubtedly the best choice for leisure vacation and hiking.

6. What should we know when hiking around Huanghuacheng?

It's important to choose the right clothes for the season and the right shoes for climbing.The Great Wall is high in altitude, easy to be exposed to the sun, with large temperature difference in the morning and evening.

7. How long does it take to hike from the Bus station or parking to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall?

If you choose the public transportation, you need walking for 10-15 minutes to get there.Bus some of the visitors choose to take a boat ride to the foot of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

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