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Huludao Jiumenkou Great Wall

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Huludao Jiumenkou Great Wall

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Andrew M wrote a review Jul 2015
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My son and I visited Jiumenkou by taking an early bullet train from Beijing South Railway to Shanhaiguan. The trip takes 3 hours.The taxis are not organised in queues as is the case at most railway stations in China. Most taxis are unwilling to use their meter, and it will probably be necessary to agree a price before getting into the taxi. The correct fare is 40 yuan, and there are many taxis. The drive to Jiumenkou takes 20 minutes, as the taxis race along the winding roads. On reaching the entrance, there is a 15 minute walk to the site of the wall from the ticket office. The 90 yuan ticket gives access to the wall, ming tunnel and aviary. I suggest that the great wall hike be done first, as it was very hot on the wall. The hike to the end of the wall takes 30 minutes, and great pictures can be taken of the wall during the climb. At the end of the hike, the wall is in disrepair and ends at a natural cliff which was used as a part of the fortification. Be careful on the hike back down, as some areas may be slippery if wet and others are at steep downward angles. We then visited the bridge and took more photos. The concrete slabs that are joined together to control the water levels near to the bridge are of particular interest. There are boats available that offer rides on the river, but this was unpopular as better pictures of the bridge can be taken on the hike. After the wall and bridge visit, we walked 10 minutes to the Ming Tunnel, which was air conditioned, and a welcome break from the heat. The tunnel was very narrow and a long walk (maybe 15 minutes). It was used by the ming soldiers to get behind enemy lines. There were many displays of statues depicting military life at Shanhaiguan, and also a Budha photo op in the cave and a bell that all the kids were ringing. Ensure that your flash is working properly and the camera battery is fully charged as the lighting in the cave is very dim and a flash is required. The aviary is passed on the hike up, and consists mainly of peacocks. This can be seen in 5 minutes. The best souvenir shopping is along the path at the entrance of the walk to the ming tunnel. Beware of the "clam" tourist trap. This is where you will be approached by persons stating that you can pay one yuan for the pearls found in a clam, which are of different sizes. Usually there is one pearl in a clam or none, but these clams were stuffed with pearls (maybe 40-50 in each). You will be expected to pay once the pearls are counted. I gave the vendor 5 yuan and told her off for including her young daughter in the scam. Be warned! Taking the return taxi to Shanhaiguan will probably be a little more expensive, as again the taxis were unwilling to use their meters and negotiations started at 100 yuan. We walked back to the ticket office, and got a taxi for 60 yuan back to the railway station. The entire trip could be completed in 3-4 hours depending on your level of fitness.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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Neil C wrote a review Mar 2015
Stafford, United Kingdom180 contributions75 helpful votes
It was worth the journey and especially as it was a good sunny day with some warmth to it. The wall is truly magnificent and the views from it are not exactly stunning at this time of the year but you get the scale of the enterprise. The wall extends in each direction with one section to the left of the dam in good repair up to the mountainside. At the other side of the dam the wall is under repair or at least looks that way but the whole is quite impressive. It's only a relatively small section but even this is worthy of a visit.
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Date of experience: February 2015
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