Juyong Pass of Great Wall
Juyong Pass of Great Wall
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12 miles north of Changping and 37 miles north of Beijing. Apparently closest portion of Great Wall to Beijing.
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Licia W
Halifax, UK1,466 contributions
Sep 2019
We visited the wall at the Juyongguan Pass area. Despite having seen parts of the wall on TV programmes where people were strolling along relatively flat sections – this was not it!

This is an incredibly steep stone staircase with steps of differing depths. There is a handrail virtually all the way to the top.

It wasn’t a sunny day when we visited, just warm, but virtually everybody was dripping with sweat. It was quite punishing.

Obviously you don’t have to go to all the way to the top (this particular section ends at a locked watchtower).

I waited at the gift shop whilst my husband continued on until he reached the locked gate.

Plenty to see in the gift shop – just about every kind of souvenir you can imagine. You can even buy an “I climbed the Wall” medal with your name on. The shop also sells drinks and ice creams.

Back down at the bottom we rewarded ourselves with an ice lolly (5 yuan, compared with 10 yuan at the Forbidden City).

All the toilets are “squat style” – remember to take your own toilet roll.

It was a three mile round trip, but as we know, not all miles are equal, and my calves were “tweaking” for several days afterwards, but I’d do it all again in a breath.
Written May 19, 2020
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Charles D
Georgian Bay, Canada14 contributions
Nov 2019
A tour was arranged by our hotel's concierge. Driver spoke good english and gave us the freedom where we wanted to go. This place was least populated so we decided to go here. Once you are walking here you can feel the effort that had been put to make this long wall. It is really beautiful
Written January 7, 2020
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Jackie W
Brisbane133 contributions
Sep 2019
To see the Great Wall is truly amazing. The history behind the building is incredible. The walk on it is very strenuous though as steps are so uneven. My advice is to just take your time and you will be able to go quite a distance.
Written March 17, 2020
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Patrick Mahony
London, UK21 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
China's Great Wall is the longest wall in the world. It is one of China's most iconic symbols and is also included in UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as in the new Seven Wonders Of The World of the world. Its architecture extends over more than 5,000 steep hills, which provide a unique view to China. It was great to visit this section of the great wall.
Written July 19, 2019
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Dan M
Tel Aviv, Israel15,458 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
There are several places not far from Beijing where you can see and walk the Great Wall.

This very one I am reviewing here is the Juyong Pass.

But you can see the Wall also at Mutianyu, Jinshanling, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, of course at Badaling ... and probably in many other places.

To say the truth we were somehow disappointed with Juyong Pass.
We were expecting, as you would have been, a ... Waoow !
But it wasn't like that.
We did not see tens of miles of Wall and wide ramparts in an endless landscape taking our breath away.
We did see a beautiful mountain landscape with valleys and a river but of the Wall saw only a few miles ... and a museum and that's it.

We shouldn't have been surprised and actually we should have expected since all was said beforehand in this place name: Juyong Pass ...
Yes, if it is a Pass then it should be narrow, between hills or mountains and therefore no ramparts spreading far away.

Besides this we did enjoy ourselves because of ... the sport: starting at the bottom level we climbed till the highest Tower, something like more than 2,000 steps (many of them really high) and while it was rather exhausting (we're not that young) especially in that hot weather, it was indeed satisfying finding ourselves in very little company (few visitors climbed there) at the last and highest tower.

It took my wife and me 45minutes each way so 1.5 hour altogether.

We were part of an organized group so we had to come back on our steps to join back the group .
But if we had been there by ourselves we would have not gone back on our steps. You see at the last highest tower you reach a fork giving you the choice whether to go back down the same way or to go down but by another way allowing you to go down the hill, to cross the valley, climb up again the other side of the Valley and then reach your starting point again. Kind of a circular path.

This would have been a much more fulfilling option, probably twice the number of steps and around a 3-4 hours hike but the best point being that the Wall on the other side of the Valley looked much wider than the narrow steps we took and therefore probably this time deserving the Waow we were expecting.

That's it, I recommend you read the reviews for the other Great Wall sites near Beijing and then decide at which spot to see the Great Wall.

You can also take a look at the pictures I have attached to my review, as I usually do, to help you i making your mind...

Bottom line, a rather disappointing experience... since we expected much more.
Written September 24, 2016
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,279 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
This is a beautiful, well-maintained section of The Great Wall of China. With all the up and down, walking on it certainly burns energy. The walkways are smooth but tread carefully. Of the 12 fortresses on this section, I visited Fortress No. 12, 13 and 14. This is about the fourth section of The Great Wall that I’ve visited, and I hope to visit more. I find them all to be interesting. Be prepared for steps, steps, and more steep steps.
Written December 7, 2018
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Karen W
Brisbane Region, Australia2,201 contributions
Aug 2017
This is a scenic drive from Beijing through the countryside to The Great Wall. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert—a distance of over 3500 miles. The Juyong pass has some steep walking (as you can see from the photos) but is apparently not as busy as some parts of the Great Wall.
The construction of this wall is amazing, the Great Wall worked as a complete military defence line in ancient China, protecting the Central Plains from invasions of the northern nomadic tribes.
The Great Wall was mostly built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). It starts from Hushan in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west.
Very hot in August and a lot of people, a couple of souvenir shops, suggest a guided tour trip if you don’t speak Chinese. Good idea to take some snacks and water.
Written December 29, 2017
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handycrafter77
Los Angeles, CA114 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
This was my second time going to China to the same section of the Great Wall. Both times I've gone with Charming Asia Tours, but it was until the 2nd time that I finally climbed the wall. The first time it was too hot for me and that hindered my abilities to climb it. This 2nd time the weather was just right so I went for it. Took my water bottle with me and up I went. People were cheering me on, I had some stares, but mostly friendly people cheering me on. I rested when needed, and leaned up against the bar rail a lot. That rail became my best friend. My husband started first and he thought I wouldn't be able to climb it again and boy did I surprise him when he worked his way down and I was at the 2nd beacon drinking my water. I went up 3 beacons and am 5'2 and close to 300lbs, so for me it was a great accomplishment. Up there with a graduate degree...haha. It didn't really take me long, I think about 25-30 mins. or less. I really didn't time it. I was too happy and felt I could do anything! Climbing down was a sinch for me, I heard people around saying their legs were trembling bad, but mine were, at least not yet. I was until about 1-2 hours later when I got off the car that my legs were trembling so bad I thought I would break one. It felt like they had a mind of their own. It was worth every bit though.
Written October 20, 2013
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kennysutch
Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Just returned from the 10 day tour of China and had a fantastic time. China is not at all what I was expecting and was pleasantly surprised by the prosperity of the country. Apart from the smog the sights were spectacular. Our guides were excellent and knowledgeable about the history and interest points in their respective areas (Sidney in Shanghai, Rocky in Xi’an and Sophie in Beijing).

We did the Xi-an extension and saw the fantastic Terracotta Warriors, well worth the expense. We met up with our group again in Beijing which meant that we all travelled on the bullet train, visited the Imperial palace, saw the pandas and walked the Great Wall.

The accommodation (and western breakfast) varied from excellent to out-dated, but then again trip-a-deal is working to a budget, and they’ve done well to source what they’ve got. The days are quite long with some early morning starts and very little down time. Traveling even short distances can take ages as the traffic is incredible, and this reduces down-time before the night-time optional tours. Don’t expect to go market shopping for ‘knock-offs’ as you will only be taken to the High Street shopping areas.

Recommendations:
• be prepared as you will be walking on average 10 km per day (and some more);
• carry some high protein bars as lunch can be quite late (mid-afternoon);
• do all the day-time optional tours; and
• get a group together to visit the Xi’an City Walls at night.

Communications
• Once you land in China it is suggested that you switch your phone to “airport mode” and use these useful apps to communicate. This way you won’t need expensive home roaming charges, and the free in-house hotel wifi will suffice:
o Express VPN so you can still use your google/face book/viber/hot mail, but be wary as this is not sanctioned (and don’t mention using it to the hotel staff);
o MAPS.ME for navigation; and
o Google translate for offline help communicating with the locals.

Overall I would thoroughly recommend the trip-a-deal China tour (with the Xi-an extension) as a great way to see the best parts of China at a budget price. Well done trip-a-deal.
Written April 3, 2018
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TexSteve
Austin TX97 contributions
Dec 2012 • Solo
I traveled to the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall in early December. I am in my late 40's and accustomed to hiking. It took about 30 minutes to hike up, and was very steep. The temperature was in the 30s Fahrenheit so I wore multiple layers of clothes, but after about 20 minutes of climbing I started to pull off my jackets. By the time I reached bottom, a tee-shirt was plenty. I mention that to reinforce that it is a strenuous climb.

The views were spectacular and really gave me a good feel for the impressiveness of the Wall and the beauty of the mountainous area there. There was a good bit of background haze in the air there though. Not sure what the air quality regularly is.

There weren't very large crowds at 9am and most people were clustered at a level about 5-10 minutes from the bottom. Not many people seemed to go to the top. When I went, there was a little snow/ice on the steps up, but it was avoidable. I imagine it would be much more difficult with more ice. I do not have a great camera, but have attached pictures.

When you hike down from the top, be careful to take the same fork back down or you will not return to exactly where you started.
Written January 14, 2013
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