Jiumenkou Great Wall

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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 toltal length of 1704m, spanning a 100m wide river named Jiujiang River.
 
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 apparoch a second entrane to Jiumenkou Great Wall.
 

Soon we apparoch a second entrane to Jiumenkou Great Wall

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

The nine watwer 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 briage has 7 gates for accommodating soldiers.

 
Each crenel has a small hole for supporting a crossbow。 

Each crenel has a small hole for supporting a

 
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2 Responses to “Jiumenkou Great Wall”

  1. daryl says:

    Hi

    As my wife and I are about to travel to China, I am reading up as much as I can in preparation, especially about the different sections of the Great Wall. Your photos were very helpful as I have a back problem and I am looking for what would be the best and most interesting section for me to walk without upsetting the rods and screws that hold my back together.

    I hope you do not mind but I have one comment if I may. With reference to the photo of the 1200 slabs. They are actually all linked together with “Butterfly Joints”. A dovetail has one piece (pin) cut out so as to fit into the other piece (socket). All of the slabs in the photos have sockets. Butterfly joints are normally used in holding large cracks in timber together and it is more rare to see them used on stone. I really like it. So much so, that I think we will be going to this section on our trip.

    Thank you very much for your great review.

    Daryl

  2. Daniel says:

    Dear Daryl,

    Thanks for reading my post about Jiumenkou Great Wall. Your comment is much appreciated! Have a nice trip to the Great Wall of China!

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