Crossing Zhuangdaokou Great Wall Pass

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Today is the second day on our 5-day Great Wall Tour. One important hiking plan this morning is to cross Zhuang Dao Kou Great Wall Pass (Archway)) from Zhuang Dao Kou Village to Er Dao Guan Village.

Zhuangdaokou Great Wall Pass is located on the mountain sandwiched by Zhuang Dao Kou Village down in the south and Er Dao Guan Village down in the north. So to cross the Zhuagdaokou Great Wall Pass, we are required to hike south from Zhuang Dao Kou Village, climb up to the mountain valley, pass through the Great Wall through the gateway (Zhuang Dao Kou Pass), then continue to trek on the mountain north of the Great Wall, before we reach Er Dao Guan Village down the mountain.

The walk from Zhuangdao Kou Village to Er Dao Guan Village through the Great Wall pass takes approx. 1 and half hours.

The Great Wall spanning between Zhuang Dao Kou Village and Er Dao Guan Village is part of Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Zhuang Dao Kou Village is located directly at the foot of the Zhuang Dao Kou Pass of the Great Wall ( part of Huanghuacheng Great Wall), hence the name of Zhuang Dao Kou Village.

Er Dao Guan Village literally means “Second Great Wall Pass Village”. It is located at the foot of the ancient pass of the second Great Wall paralleling the Huanghuacheng Great Wall to the north. The second Great Wall was built aimed at increasing the defense power of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall in Ming Dynasty.

Accompanied by my co-worker Xiao Hao, I start the maiden hiking trip. We reach the entrance to Zhuang Dao Kou Village at 10:00am. A huge signboard stands at the fork indicating the road to the village on the right side.

Walking along the dirt path in the village. Zhuangdaokou Village is under the jurisdiction of Jiudu Town of Huairou District, Beijing. Now it has 110 households with 305 villagers.

Passing through the village, we soon find the route up to the pass. The path is quite sandy and stony.

The four eyes meet as if they knew each other in before life.

The dog acts like a spoiled child.


We try to forget the dog, and speed ours steps marching towards the pass. Twenty minutes later, The Zhuang Dao Kou Great Wall Pass (archway) is in sight. You can easily walk up the Great Wall on the right side if you are interested in the Great Wall hiking.

Zhuang Dao Guan Great Wall Pass is in sight.

We turn back, finding we are still being followed by the poor and cute dog!

We are still being followed by the poor and cute dog!

Now we are on the north side of the Zhuangdaokou Great Wall Pass.

We are on the north side of the Pass.

To our pleasant surprise, the dog is still following us despite of the snow mountain path. What a poor dog!

To our pleasant surprise, the dog is still following us despite of the snow mountain road. What a poor dog!

Xiao Hao again bends down to say hello to the dog.

Xiao Hao again bends down to say hello to the dog.


I film a close-up shot of the dog, trying to find out who he is!

A close-up shot of the dog


Then, next happens an unbelievable thing! The dog jumps up to a soil mound and posed in front of us like a film star with the Zhuangdaokou
Great Wall as a backdrop! I have no time to waste shooing him!

The Dog Great Wall Photo 1

The Dog Great Wall Photo 2

The Dog Great Wall Photo 3


We continue to walk along the dirt road leading to Er dao Guan Village. Over one hour’s hike, we spot the signal tower and we know the Er Dao Guan Village is below the tower. We are happy that our crossing this time is close to success!

Er Dao Guan Village is below the signal tower.

The dog is still with us. This time he is guiding us the way to the village.

The dog is still with us. This time he is guiding us the way to the village.


Soon we are walking close to an archway, we know the Er Dao Guan Village is below the archway. The dog has successfully finished his hiking too!

Soon we are walking close to an archway, we know the Er Dao Guan Village is below the archway. The dog has successfully finished his hiking too!

This is Er Dao Guan Village – our hiking destination. So, where is the Dog? And what’s his future destiny?

This is Er Dao Guan Village – our hiking destination. So, where is the Dog? And what’s his future destiny?

 

The Zhuang Dao Kou Signboard

Hassle-free Great Wall Guided Tours
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for guided tours to Great wall Tours:

Mutianyu Great Wall Group Day Tour
Mutianyu Great Wall Half  Day Private Tour
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Tour
Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Tour
Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall West Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square Day Tour

Add on:
Visit Badaling Great Wall by Train
Visit Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
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One Response to “Crossing Zhuangdaokou Great Wall Pass”

  1. jojie says:

    Thank u for ur story. I would have loved to adopt and bring home that adorable dog!

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