Xuliukou section of the Great Wall is just linked to the west section of Liujiakou Great Wall. We don’t have enough time to hike from Liujiakou Great Wallto Xuliukou Great Wall, instead again we drive from Liujiakou Village to Xuliukou Village where Xuliukou Great Wall is located.
Xuliukou Village is under the administration of Yanggezhuang Town of Qian’an County of Tangshan City, Hebei Province. So Xuliukou Great Wall is the most eastern section of the Wall within Tangshan City in Hebei Province.
Xuliukou Great Wall has been turned into a scenic area officially known as Xuliukou Jiulongquan Scenic Area, classified as AA national scenic spot, which is mainly composed of Xuliukou Great Wall, Jiulong Pool, forest…
Xuliukou Great Wall now has 11 remaining forts, one of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall dating back to over 400 years. Xuliukou literally means “Xuliu Pass”. But now the Great Wall pass is gone. The wall in this section is heavily damaged and the forts as well.
We stop at the entrance to Xuliukou Jiulongquan Scenic Area and pay RMB 5 as environmental protection fee before allowed to enter the park with a well paved cement path leading to the Great Wall of Xuliukou.
The slopes on both sides of the cement path are planted with tiny plots of grass and bushes. The black grass on the mountain high on our right side tells us the mountain has been burned. The Wall is in sight.
A good place to view the Xuliukou Great Wall winding on the mountain across the valley before us and the path curves to the left.
Driving further along the curved path along the valley. Soon we see two forts high on the top of the mountains planted with pine trees, like a city park with a giant dragon lying there.
We stop at the cement platform where it was a great wall pass dividing the Wall into East Section and West section. We climb on the west section and take a picture of the shallow valley (the former pass).
The wall on the west section is severely damaged.
The bricks in the wall are in pieces and some of them you could find in the stone courtyards in Xuliukou village where many of them are the descendants of the army and builders of the Great Wall.
Hopefully the past is past and the present wall will remain here much longer for people to remember the great history of China’s Great Wall construction.
We are walking on the wild and damaged wall to the first fort on the west section.
It is not easy to hike on the rubble of the wall.
The two-eye fort is still there, but quite rundown
View the watch tower on the west section with the east section of Xuliukou Great wall in a distant.
We see the second fort from the first tower.
Zoom in the dilapidated fort on the east section of Xuliukou Great Wall.
Before we leave the cement platform below the wall, I snap of the two forts on the west section of the Wall.