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Jiankou Great Wall Information and Tips

About the author, Vera Zhao
Vera Zhao is the product manager at Odyssey Tours. She has been in the line of Asia travel for 10+ years and stacks up helpful tips for tours to China, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
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The Ruined Jiankou Great Wall is very challenging even for real hikers. Broken and dilapidated, the incomplete wall zigzagging towards the pinnacles; it’s a 4-5 hour long odyssey; visitors must be cautious when hiking here since the path is full of small crushed stones which make the climbing even more difficult. There’s no facilities help you climb up at this un-restored wall, so teamwork is essential.

Ten kilometers to the west from Mutianyu Great Wall is the un-restored Jiankou Great Wall. It’s about 90 km away from Beijing, in Huairou district. The Great Wall at Jiankou was built in Ming Dynasty in 1368. Since then, its appearance has not been changed artificially. Due to the original appearance of Jiankou is so unique and real, it’s favored by adventurers and photographers alike. Jiankou, or Arrow Nock in English, is to describe the strangely shaped mountains and its ridges which look like an arrow nock. 

Jiankou Great Wall HikingComparably less explored; the very wild part of Great Wall that looks torn with exterior of the wall peeled off, is buried by trees and wild grasses.

The Great Wall at Jiankou has 28 towers. Among them, 38 Big Step is a steep slope with an angle of 80 degrees; and the best place to enjoy the panorama view of the wall is Zhengbeilou watch tower; the highlight of the tour.

Steep Jiankou Great WallHighlight comes at Zhenbeilou Tower when trekking two to three hours, this is where you get the widest vision; layered mountains gradually fade out from vision; green, gray,to light gray. On the top of the mountains, the Great Wall slowly spirals down until it becomes a muddy line.

steep part of Jiankou Great WallThere’re a lot of steep parts like this at Jiankou Great Wall

What to Do:

 1.   You can do the hiking from Jiankou to Mutianyu to enjoy the breath taking view along the way. It’s a five-hour long route bounding east to Mutianyu Great Wall.

2.   By reaching Mutianyu, you could take either toboggan or cable cars to get down from the wall; or trek around 40 minutes down.

Tips:

1.   Even if this section of the Great Wall is not officially opened to the public, its beautifulness has made it one of the hottest spots for travelers.

2.   For a better hiking experience, please wear comfortable shoes and bring your hat, sunglasses, sun cream, tissues, trekking poles, umbrellas, cameras, and may be a jacket if in cold days.

3.   No restaurant along the Great Wall hiking, so you need to bring some bread, cakes, bottled water and snacks as lunch. Your guide will help you to prepare in advance.   

4.   Be prepared that toilets are available at Xizhazi village near Jiankou, but not available along the Great Wall at Jiankou.

5.   Do NOT wear shorts in summer as you need to bushwhack.

6.   Do NOT visit Jiankou Great Wall in bad weather.

7.   It’s recommended that you hire an experienced guide for this odyssey.


More: Mutianyu, GubeikouJinshanlingSimataiHuanghuachengBadaling Great Wall & Badaling Remnant Great Wall


To know more details and tips about the Great Wall, you can reach us via odyssey@tangdynastytours.com.


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