Freshed up from yesterday’s great wall hiking, at 8:30am we start from our lodging hotel in city center of Qinhuangdao for our first target today – Liujiakou Great Wall. We follow the Jingha Expressway westward for 63km where we turn off the highway at Lulong County. Then we driver north to Liujiakou Great Wall. The whole driving distance is 92km.
Liujiakou Great Wall is the most western section of the Great Wall within Qinhuangdao. Liujiakou Great Wall is located in Liujiaying Village of Lulong County in Qinhuangdao. Now we are driving on Luqing Road ( from Lulong County to Qinglong County), an asphalt road passing several villages and towns beofor we reach Liujiakou Great Wall, a 29km drive.
Today is Saterday, a market day. Now we drive though the main street of Panzhuang Town, where the street has become a fair. The street is flanked by all kinds of vendors selling a rich varity of products and goods: saplings, vagetables, fruits, pork, and daily necessities. This scene could be hardly seen in the urban cities like Beijing.
A vendor sells sapplings on the fair.
Pork and vegetable on the market by the street.
Nowadays farmers are still not easy making a living.
We see a signboard with the name of Liujiaying Village. Now we are entering the area of Liujiaying Village, where Liujiakou Great wall is located.
Now we are in Liujiaying Village with the Jiujiakou Great Wall looming overhead.
The two village kids are born with the Great Wall. Are they interested in the Great Wall next door? They are too young to know the history and the importance of the Great Wall which they see veryday. Will they keep staying at the village or go to the outside world like their big sisters and brothers after growing up? Some people want to make a living while some want to travel like us and many others.
Jiujiakou Great Wall is divided into two sections – east and west with the tower pass in the middle. The tower pass or Liujiakou Pass, or Liujia Pass still stands there, a miracle. From Liujiakou Pass, hiking to the west, you will get to Badaling Great Wall; to the east, you will reach Qinhuangdao.
The Luqing Road passes by the Liujiakou Pass at its west side. It is lucky that the tower hasn’t been turned down to make way for the road construction like many unlucky great wall forts. Many of the towers in the east and west sections of the wall around Liujiakou Village are collapsed and disappeared. This tower is still well preserved mainly due to the fact in the past it has been used as a warhouse to store stacks of dry grass and woods.
We are driving past the west side of the Liujiakou Pass on the Luqing Road.
Then we turn off the road and drive slowly past the dry river winding under the Pass.
We walk down the dry river bed in front of the tower at its south side. It is a 6-eye ( six windows) tower pass spanning the river which is now dry. The tower is 21.6m long, 10.6m wide and 16.7m high. The tower pass was rebuilt by the army and builders led by Qi Jiguang in the year 1579 in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).
As you can see, behind the tower, about 500m there is a quarry where stones are blasted, dug and cut for building materials. Its blasting reverberats the surrounding area, a severe damage to the great wall. But who cares? Stones cutting is more profitable than great wall tourism. The local people want to make a living. Economic development and environmental protection is a contradiction here.
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