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Luanling Great Wall

Friday, September 28th, 2018
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Plan your Great Wall Tour? Currently the Great Wall of China is actually not a continuous wall unlike many people think. The Great Wall now exists in bits. For historical or tourism promotion reasons, these bits of the Great Wall are given numerous names.

For the Great Wall around Beijing, people are most familiar with Juyongguan Great Wall, Badaling Great Wall, Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Juyongguan Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall, Jiankou Great Wall and Gubeikou Great Wall.

The fact is there are more sections of the Great Wall of China in Beijing than the above mentioned. These less popular bits of the Wall are either opened or closed to the public visitors. These bits of the Wall are less touristy also with stunning views!

This morning we succeeded in hiking across the Luanling Great Wall ( Or Lu An ling Great Wall). Luanling literally means” Donkey Saddle’s Mountain”. Luanling Great Wall has two sections – east and west. Its west section is forbidden for hiking due to treacherousness and wildness.

Standing on the east section of Luanling Great Wall, we have better views of its west section, as well as two more sections in the east  – Lianyunling Great Wall and Xuangshuihu Great Wall.

Xianghshuihu Great Wall, Lianyunling Great Wall and Luanling Great Wall are located from east to west. All the three bits of the Wall stand between Jiankou Great Wall to their east and Huanghuacheng Great Wall to their west.

Below are some of the Great Wall pictures I have shot this morning. Hopefully these picturesque pictures will give you some impression of the three bits of the Wall. 

Walk along the zigzag mountain road up to the Wall

 

Luanling Great Wall ( or Lu An Ling Great Wall)

Luanling Great Wall ( or Lu An Ling Great Wall)

Luanling Great Wall ( or Lu An Ling Great Wall)

 

West section of Lu An Ling Great Wall

Lianyunling Great Wall ( Lianyunling literally means “Linking to the sky Mountain ) 
 

Xiangshuihu Great wall 2

Plunge into Yangshen Ravine and Trudge up to the Wall

Before you trudge up to the Luanling Great Wall, you will plunge into the Yangshen Ravine with stunning views! After hiking across the valley, you will walk up along the zigzag mountain road up to the Luanling Great Wall.

Yangshen Ravine

Lian Yun Ling Great Wall

Lianyunling Great Wall ( forbidden for hiking )

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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Crossing Zhuangdaokou Great Wall Pass

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
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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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Bolitai Great Wall

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
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The Ming Great Wall at Bolitai Village

Bolitai Village is nestled in a flat valley surrounded by the high mountains and dense forest with a zigzag highway passing from north to south in the valley, linking the village to the outside world. It is a beautiful village,  looking like a paradise on earth. There are 230 people living in Bolitai.

Like Diaowo Village, developing rural tourism by mainly offering housing and eating service, Bolitai Village has become very rich, a weekend hideaway for the new middle class in Beijing that now has cars and thus the means to roam on.

Bolitai Village is nestled in a flat valley

Zooming in, we can see the rows of new two-storey buildings lying silently on the slope with the Ming Great Wall looming above.

Zooming in, we can see the rows of new two-storey buildings

The bits of the Wall in Bolitai Village, or we call it “Bolitai Great Wall” is quite different from Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall. The Great Wall here is made of rocks and stones, not bricks made in kilns.

Only one section of the wall in Village has been cleared and cleaned, bushes and saplings removed from the wall for easy walking. The cleaned wall here takes you about 2 hours’ walking. It is an interesting part of Great Wall tour in Beijing.

The Great Wall here is made of rocks and stones, not bricks made in kilns

 

The cleaned wall here takes you about 2 hours’ walking.

 

Bolitai Great Wall

Again Diaowo Village
Returning from Bolitai Village, we again drive past Diaowo Village. We stop again and have a look at the famous scenic spot – Shilin Gorge (Stone Forest Gorge). Stone Forest Gorge covers an area of 12 square kilometers, the scenic area has many steep peaks standing upright.

The entrance to the Stone Forest ( Shili Gorge)

Besides the splendid view of stone forest, it has a splendid waterfall with a total fall of more than 80 meters. The steep cliff, huge stone, clear pond and lush green trees have also attracted many visitors.

Have a second look at Diaowo Village.

 

The major Attractions in Pinggu, Beijing
Diaowo Village is an interesting place to explore the suburban life in Beijing, having a bite of the local village food, drinking, barbecuing, fishing and more. The village is located about 35km to the southwest of the Peach Orchard in Pinggu.

More major attractions in Pinggu:

1) Flying Dragon Valley
2) Bolitai Great Wall
3) Jinhai Lake 2222
4) Pinggu Glass Sightseeing Platform
5) Jingdong Karst Cave
6) Huangsongyu Reservior
7) Diaowo Village

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit the Glass Sightseeing Platform
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit the glass sightseeing platform, no worry and we have the following options:

Beijing Family Visit Springtime Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Summer Day Tour
Beijing Family Visit Autumn Day Tour

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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street
Any questions,  just drop a line.