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Liujiakou Great Wall

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
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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 before we reach Liujiakou Great Wall, a 29km drive.

Liujiakou Great Wall on the Great Wall east of Beijing


Today is Saturday, 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 variety of products and goods: saplings, vegetables, fruits, pork, and daily necessities. This scene could be hardly seen in the urban cities like Beijing.

A vendor sells saplings on the fair.

A vendor sells saplings on the fair.

Pork and vegetable on the market by the street.

Pork and vegetable on the market by the street.

Nowadays farmers are still not easy making a living.

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.

We see a signboard with the name of Liujiaying Village


Now we are in Liujiaying Village with the Jiujiakou Great Wall looming overhead. 

Now we are in Liujiaying Village


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 very day.
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.

The two village kids are born with the Great Wall

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 warehouse to store stacks of dry grass and woods.

We are driving past the west side of the Liujiakou Pass on the Luqing Road. 

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. 

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).

We walk down the dry river bed in front of the tower at its south side

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 reverberates 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.

Jiumenkou Great Wall

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
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Plan your trip to the Great Wall of China? There are many sections of the Wall to be visited starting from its eastern tip of the Head of Old Dragon at Shanhaiguan ( Shanhai Pass) in Qinhuangdao to its western end of Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu Province.

Jiumenkou Great Wall was an important pass of the Great Wall in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). It is connected to Jiaoshan Great Wall and further linked to the Head of Old Dragon at Shanhai Pass.


It is situated in Xintaizi village of Lijiaxiang Town in Suizhong County of Liaoning Province, about 16km northwest of Shanhaiguan, with a total length of 1704m, spanning a 100m wide river named Jiujiang River.

Jiumenkou Great Wall on the Great Wall east of Beijing

The Great Wall on the river has nine sluice gates, hence the name of Jiumenkou Great Wall, which literally means Nine Gates Pass Great Wall. This section of the Great Wall was originally built in Nirthern Qi Dynasty (479-502) and was rebuilt in 1381 in Ming Dynasty by General Xuda who led the army and local farmers constructing the wall from Xifenkou to Jiumenkou, one of the important passes in the northeast of Beijing.

This is a restored section of the Great Wall, and rebuilt and revamped under the call by Deng Xiaoping “Love Our Motherland and Rebuild Our Great Wall” during 1980s. In September 2002, Jiumenkou Great Wall was listed as World Cultural Heritage site.

After simple breakfast at the ancient city of Shanhaiguan, we drive directly to the site of Jiumenkou Great Wall. It is still in early spring and here far north of Beijing, we expect a late coming of spring with little green colour.

We drive directly to the site of Jiumenkou Great Wall.

We drive directly to the site of Jiumenkou Great Wall

In half hour, we see a decorated entrance arch to the Wall.

In half hour, we see a decorated entrance arch to the Wall.

Soon we approach a second entrance to Jiumenkou Great Wall.

Soon we apparoch a second entrane to Jiumenkou Great Wall

The nine wather gate section of the Great Wall is in sight.

The nine water gate section of the Great Wall is in sight.

The wall bridge has two inner cities at its two ends. Each of the gate is 5m wide. The bridge wall is 10 m high.

The wall bridge has two inner cities at its two ends

Under the wall bridge are 1,2000 slabs hooked together by dove-tail slots with dove-tail iron.

Under the wall bridge are 1,2000 slabs hooked together by dove-tail slots with dove-tail iron.

We walk up on to the top of the wall bridge.

We walk up on to the top of the wall bridge.

The bridge is flanked by the buttresses in the rhombus shape.

The bridge is flanked by the buttresses in the rhombus shape.

Each  of the two inner cities at the both end of the wall bridge has 7 gates for accommodating soldiers.

Each of the two inner cities at the both end of the wall bridge has 7 gates for accommodating soldiers.

Each crenel has a small hole for supporting a crossbow.

Each crenel has a small hole supporting a crossbow.

Zhuizishan Great Wall

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
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Plan your Great Wall tour? If you are not interested in the restored sections of the Great Wall such as the Old Dragon Head, Jiaoshan Great Wall and Jiumenkou Great Wall, then you are suggested to drive about 40km from Jiumenkou Great Wall further north to Zhuizishan Great Wall. Zhuizishan Great Wall is located in Yongbao Town of Suizhong County in Liaoning Province.

“Zhuzishan” literally means “Awl shaped mountains”. This section of Great Wall is perched on the mountain in a shape of awl, round and big at the base and narrow and steep on the top. So the awl shaped mountain itself is like a huge watch tower, a natural barrier.

What makes Zhuizishan Great Wall unique is the confluence of the three sections of the Great Wall on the awl shaped mountain. The Great Wall to the south of Zhuzishan leads to Jiumenkou Great Wall and Old Dragon Head at Shanhaiguan, to the west leads to Beijing Badaling Great Wall and to the east to Jinniudong Great Wall in Liaoning Province.

Zhuizishan Great Wall on the Great Wall east of Beijing

Zhuzishan Great Wall was originally built in 1381. It went through numerous wars and natural disasters. Today it is still fairly well preserved. It is a wild and original section of the Great Wall, not restored, an important part of the Great Wall of China. On June 10, 2006 it was listed as a key relics unit under the national level protection.

With the help of a local farmer turned guide – Lao Yang, we climb up the part of the east section of Zhizishan Great Wall. Start our hike along a pile of rocks instead of stone steps due to a severe damage at the lower part of the wall.

Start our hike along a pile of stones and rocks

Start our hike along a pile of stones

The major part of Zhuzishan Great Wall was built of rocks from local mountains.

The major part of Zhuzishan Great Wall was built of rocks from local mountains.

My colleagues, Xiao Hao and Xiao Zhou, follow me up to the east section of Zhuizishan Great Wall.

My colleagues, Xiao Hao and Xiao Zhou, follow me up to the east section of Zhuizishan Great Wall.

The watch tower was built of bricks with its base constructed with slabs. 

The watch tower was built of bricks with its base constructed with slabs.

The upper watch tower was built of bricksThe tower’s base was built of huge slabs

The tower’s base was built of huge slabs

The wall was built of rocks from local mountains

The wall was built of rocks from local mountains

Zhizishan Great Wall leads to Jinniudong Great Wall to its east for about 13km

Zhizishan Great Wall leads to Jinniudong Great Wall to its east for about 13km


Now we turn west and see the Zhuzishan Mountain where three sections of the Wall are met, south to Shanhaiguan, west to Beijing and east to us.

Now we turn west and see the Zhuzishan Mountain where three sections of the Wall are met

People say “It is a not hero if you don’t climb up the Great Wall, but only strong man can ascend Zhizishan Great Wall”.