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“Become a "real man" by the sea”

Laolongtou (Old Dragon's Head)
Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Qinhuangdao
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Become a "real man" by the sea”
Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

Whether you've seen the more famous hill crawling sections inland or have never set foot on it, there is only one place you can see The Great Wall plunge into the sea. This made us choose QHD as our entry point into China from South Korea.

It is a heavily restored section due to its location and footfall so if you're one of those people who grumbles about the restoration etc, note that there is a protected section of unrestored wall in the fort here too.

Probably not worth a trip out from Beijing just for this and not as spectacular as the hill crawling parts near QHD or north of Beijing, but it is a significantly easier walk (being flat) and a great alternative location to become one of Chairman Mao's "real men". If you're passing through or in the area then you should certainly visit.

Visited October 2012
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Shanghai Region, China
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“The only part of the wall like this...”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

There is only one part of the wall which reaches the ocean, this in it's self makes Laolangtou worth visiting, but there is more appeal than just that. Like much of the wall in this area it is well restored, which makes it easy to navigate but for me takes away from the sense of history. On a nice summers day it is a great spot to look out to sea, walk on the beach and soak up a bit of history I would even suggest a picnic on the beach on a good day. There is a pier a short walk along the beach and a few little shops to buy nick-naks. Very cold and very windy in the winter however, so pick the timing of your visit well. A great photo opportunity, although, there was a bit of a ship-wreck the last time we visited, so you may want to check it it has been salvaged before you go.

Visited March 2013
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Seoul, South Korea
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“Chang-cheng...starting from here.”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Chang-cheng...starting from here.
it has interesting & nice view.

Visited October 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Unique section of the Great Wall”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

A must go when you visit Qinhuangdao. This is the section of the Great Wall of Shanhaiguan and leads right into the sea, making it the beginning or the end of the Great Wall depending on how you see it. There's a speed boat ride included in the ticket which I think is not that worth it as the boat simply takes you for a spin on the sea and you can view the Great Wall from other angles which would be equally nice, unless you want a sea view of the Great Wall. Look hard enough and you will realise this section of the Great Wall resembles a cute dragon head and so photo opportunities are abundant.

Visited July 2012
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Beijing, China
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“if you to impressed the history”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

If you are someone who interested in history, it's suitable place to you. You see the great wall, so can imagine how people build that so long wall to protect from enemy, until meet the sea. Even it's a irony, when one of general (if i'm not mistaken), open the gate in this site for the Manchurian, the people in the other-side wall, and to be next dinaty (Qing)

Visited March 2012
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