Plan your Great Wall tour? If you are interested in hiking a wild and unrestored section of the Great Wall, Shixiaguan Great Walll is your ideal choice. At the time of my writing, Shixiaguan Great Wall is the only unrestored Great Wall that is officially open to the public known as Ruined Badaling Great Wall (八达岭古长城).
Shixiaguan Great Wall ( or Ruined Badaling Great Wall ) is located 5km to the southwest of the restored Badaling Great Wall. This section of the Great Wall is about 8km long, meandering along the mountain up and down with steep slopes. You are required to scramble all the way along the north side of the mountain, then hike down the steep slopes of the southeast mountain.
You may take Bus 919 from Deshengmen Bus Station or s trains from Beijing North Railway Station and get to Yanqing District, where you hire a local taxi or van to reach Shixiaguan Great Wall.
See Shixiaguan Great Wall photos below to have a virtual hike on the Wall.
First you need to walk along the stone paved steps up to the Wall snaking up to the mountain peak.
The first watchtower on Shixiaguan Great Wall
Shixiaguan Great Wall hike is an challenge with the steep hillside.
So don’t discouraged by the long and treacherous part of Shixiaguan Great Wall
Wild，broken and unrestored Great Wall
Some right side of battlements at Shixiaguan, are gone!
The remnant bricks at Shixiaguan Great Wall with stunning view.
Clamber up to the final two towers
Marching towards the final tower.
The hike down is very difficult with flat stone path and steep slope.
You have to take great care and walk down slowly due to the flat stone paved path.
we are about to finish our 8km hike.
the final section of Shixiaguan.
The Huajiayao Pass with the independent tower in the middle
Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Beijing guided tours:
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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