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Nuanquan Town

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Nuanquan Town

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Shanhanguan Great Wall and Old Dragon's Head Private Day Tour from Beijing
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Shanhanguan Great Wall and Old Dragon's Head Private Day Tour from Beijing

Discover the Great Wall at Shanhaiguan Pass and Old Dragon's Head in Qinhuangdao City on a full-day trip from Beijing. Enjoy a safe, comfortable and stress-free private round-trip transfer service. Shanhaiguan Pass is the first pass along the Great Wall of China in the east and Laolongtou is where the Great Wall meets the sea and was once considered as where the Great Wall of China starts. Your tour includes air-conditioned private vehicle, professional guide, local lunch, entrance fees and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off.
$450.00 per adult
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Ronny36 wrote a review Dec 2017
Austin, Texas25 contributions9 helpful votes
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It's a bit of a strange journey to get there. You take a small bus (coach) which stops somewhere in a town close by where taxi drivers are waiting. They'll usually give you a price to spend a few hours with you at Nanquan. If I remember correctly it's about 100RMB for a few hours, at least that's what I paid as a "local" Chinese. They will try some small gimmicks on the road like "just pay me instead of pay the gate guy" or "pay me for the show tickets and I'll get you a discount" etc etc, but it's your call. There was some interesting architecture (crumbling) to look at, and the molten lava show. I didn't want to stay too long in case I missed the return bus so I skipped the show, but if I had a chance I would totally see that. There really weren't many tourists there besides myself although the little town seemed to thrive economically off tourism.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Jim N wrote a review Dec 2017
Beijing, China208 contributions19 helpful votes
Nestled west of Yuxian, this former Ming Dynasty Garrison town with its well preserved Gate house and walls is a step into the past. Don't miss a tour of the tunnels underneath the hills in town where they used to hide soldiers.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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roadrunner_cn wrote a review Jan 2016
Beijing, China125 contributions11 helpful votes
Write it or not? Nuanquan (暖泉古镇) is one of the GREAT places off the beaten track in Northern China. The "zhen" (China has three categories to classify settlements, village, "zhen", and town) belongs to Zhangjiakou, that will host part of the Winter Olympics in 2022, so development can be expected, it is the right time to go NOW. Nuanquan is a village/town built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, not a touristic village, but ordinary peasants living there, you can stroll a whole day through the narrow alleys without meeting any tourists, watching typical northern China village life and have look at the beautiful details of the old buildings. Phantastic! Yuxian / Nuanquan is a centre of the Chinese paper cutting art, the small alleys are decorated with paper cuttings. Several mansions of former landloards and officials have been turned into small museums, so you can delve into history. In this area of China hardly anyone eats rice, so try the special local noddle dishes ... From Beijing Liuliqiao there are direct busses to Yuxian (蔚县, "蔚" is pronounced "Yu" not "Wei"), from Yuxian there is a local bus line to Nuanquan (10 km).
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Catherine Y wrote a review Aug 2015
Guangzhou, China6 contributions5 helpful votes
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I haven't been to an attraction of China like Nuanquan. It is quiet different from Yunnan, Shanghai, Hangshan and even Beijing, which are only 300 miles away. After driving for 2.5 hours from Beijing(search Nuanquan on Baidu map), I arrived at the foot of a mountain and saw a big village with high and yellow walls and a lake beside. That is Nuanquan Town! Located in the west of Yuxian, Hebei, Nuan Quan Old Town is 57.3 square kilometers. Yuzhou Local Chronicles Channel Figure records “ Three miles away from the west of the city, there is Nuan Quan Bu where the spring flows are separated to east and west by the stone” and “the spring water is as clear as a mirror and won’t be frozen through three winters”. Nuan Quan is named after this record. Built in the Yuan dynasty, Nuan Quan Old Town developed to “three towns, six alleys and eighteen villages” during prosperous period of Ming and Qing dynasties. Nuan Quan Old Town has rich cultural heritages, including Xi Gu Bu and Hua Yan Temple which are under priority protection as national cultural relics. Four cultural relics heritages, Nuan Quan Academy, Bei Guan Bu, graves of the Han Dynasty and ancient kiln, are under the priority protection in county level. Nuan Quan Old Town also has historical cultural heritages such as Lantern Festival, Da Shu Hua (swinging melted iron to the wall), folk paper-cutting, paper cutout arts and She Huo (vaudeville in festival). Villages, streets and Bu are preserved very well. Nuan Quan Old Town still has entire Wengcheng, Menlou, walls, moats, theatrical stages, Pailou and houses. Ancient and elegant buildings for landscaping purposes can be seen everywhere. Folk houses of this old town are well designed and stand careful appreciation. They have gray tiles, wooden shutters, oil paintings, slate floor and great ridge-like roofs. An overwhelming variety of woods, stones and bricks constitute the great houses. Especially, you can see well-crafted Menlou side by side. After hundreds of years, the old town bears witness to the vicissitudes of history and indicates the prosperity in the past. They have the proformance of Da Shu Hua. It is amazing. A brave man wearing fur clothing will cast melted iron to the gray wall. It looks like fireworks blow in the sky! Residents said only brave man can play this game. The paper-cutting is also special. It is not red as usual. It can be dyed colorful~ I lived here for 2 days in residents home. Maybe it is the only thing I am not satisfied. Hope Nuanquan will have more clean homestay. The entrance ticket is 70 yuan. But you can get rid of it if you find some kind residents.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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