Shixiaguan Great WallShixiaguan Great Wall (Literally "Stone Gorge Pass Great Wall") is also officially known as Ruined Badaling Great Wall (八达岭残长城). It is 10km southwest of the restored Badaling Great Wall. So, as its name hints, this section of the Great Wall is partially restored and more adventurous, not easy to climb. It is the least touristy section of the Great Wall around Beijing, which is offically opened to the public. Its hikers are mainly foreign travelers instead of domestic travelers who prefer hiking at the restored Badaling Great Wall.
The entrance to the Shixiaguan Great Wall starts with Shixia Pass (Stone Gorge Pass), but, which is now non-existent. Shixia Pass used to link both the east and west sections of the Shixiaguan Great Wall. It was blasted to the ground in 1644 when Li Zicheng ( 1606–1645) led his troups having a fierce fighting with Ming defence soldiers. Li Zicheng was a Chinese rebel leader who overthrew the Ming Dynasty and ruled over China briefly as emperor of the short-lived Shun Dynasty.
Now Shixia Pass is an open place, a starting point for the wall hike. At the time of writing, the west section is forbidden for hiking. So you enter the non-existent Shixia Pass and turn right (east) and start your hike. A railing on the first section, then the wall remains relatively unspoiled, wild and empty, a great place keeping you from the hordes of tourists on other sections of the Great Wall around Beijing.
The hiking is a bit tough, but it is much rewarding with picturesque views on the way, a mecca for those who want to see an orginal Great Wall of China.
Be well prepared, wearing closed shoes and long trousers, sunscreen, insect repellant, sunglass, lots of water.
Hiking Cross the Wild Great Wall at Shixiaguan (Private) from US$55 P/P
Great Wall Sunset Stroll at Shixiaguan & Olympic night view One Day tour (Group) US$50 P/P
Entrance Fee: RMB 50
Opening Time: 08:00 - 17:00 ( all year around )
How to get there:
1) Public Bus: Take Bus 919 from Deshengmen Bus Terminal to Badaling Township, then take a taxi from Badaling Township to Shixiaguan Great Wall ( Ruined Badaling Great Wall)
2) S Trains: Take a S train from Beijing North Railway Station to Badaling Township, then then take a taxi from Badaling Township to Shixiaguan Great Wall ( Ruined Badaling Great Wall)
Ticketing Office at the Shixiaguan Great Wall ( Ruined Badaling Great Wall )
Toilets at The Shixiaguan Great Wall ( Ruined Badaling Great Wall )
The hike starts from the blasted Shixia Pass (Shixiaguan)
Below the Shixiaguan Great Wall lies a parking lot.
Your hike starts from the wall protected with the railings and boardwalks
The railed wall extends to a distance
Shixiaguan Great Wall goes along with your dream
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