Attraction Juyong Pass, Changping District, Beijing 102202, China Published on: 08-08-2016
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Why Juyong Pass of Great Wall is special ?
The Juyongguan Great Wall is the closest section of the Great Wall to Beijing - a little closer than Badaling which it connects to; both of these sections of the Great Wall protect the same natural pass through the mountains through which now passes the Badaling Expressway and a railway line.
JuYongGuan rises steeply on each side of a fortrified gate. There is a temple and other attractions close by. Juyongguan Great Wall also features some life-size Terracotta Warriors. Juyongguan Great Wall is a pass ('guan' means 'mountain pass') through the mountains located in an 18 km long valley named Guan Gou which is in Changping County, more than 50 km from Beijing City. Ju Yong Guan is one of the three greatest passes of the Great Wall of China. The other two are Jia Yu Guan Pass and Shan Hai Guan Pass.
What to explore at Juyong Pass of Great Wall?
In the middle of Juyongguan Pass, there is a cross-street pagoda base foundation called Yuntai, which means "it looks like staying in the clouds when you seeing from afar". At the center of the base foundation, there is an arch doorway for pedestrians, horses and carriages to pass through. It is carved with images of animals, plants and Buddha.
Three Lama Pagodas and a Buddhist Temple had been built in late Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty respectively, but they were all destroyed by serious damage and great fire. Now just the base foundation is left. The South Pass' Earthen Castle is shaped like a horse's hoof.
There is a War Temple built, with the solemn images of the Twelve Chinese Horoscopes, God of Water and Fire, General God of Eight Skies and True War King. The five ancient cannons are being displayed near the walls of South and North Passes. They were from the Ming Dynasty. This period was the best era for making ancient cannons in China.
The stone carvings at Yuntai are a great sight to recommend. They are seen on the sides and the top in the archway. The Buddha images are lifelike, which are of excellent craftsmanship, with Buddhist sutras and conjurations in six different languages
The Water Gate is designed in the astonishing mountain landscape which there are two mountains with a narrow waterway in between. Water flows through Juyongguan Pass, and the Water Gate is built at the junction area.
How to get to Juyong Pass of Great Wall?
a. Take the Subway Line 13 and get off at Longze Station in Changping District, take the shuttle bus No.68 and you will get there.
b. Take the shuttle bus No.919 (shuttle bus) (Deshengmen West - Nankou) at Deshengmen Station and get off at Nankou Dongjie Station and take bus No.68 in Changping District and get off at the terminal station, or take bus no.345 (fast line) and get off at Shahe, and take bus No.68 to there. The trip from Deshengmen Station to Nankou Dongjie Station takes about one and half an hours and the ticket costs CNY 6. The trip from Nankou Dongjie Station to the pass takes about 20 minutes and the ticket costs CNY 0.5.
By car: Take the Badaling Expressway and take the Juyongguan Pass Exit.
Take bus No.68 in Changping District and get off at the terminal station Shahe, and then take bus No.345 (fast line) and get off at the terminal station Deshengmen West or take bus No.919 (shuttle bus) (Nankou – Deshengmen) and get off at the terminal station Deshengmen West.
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Juyong Pass, Changping District, Beijing 102202, China
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Oh wow wow WOW! The closest area of the Great Wall from Beijing (45mins cab ride). Go free and easy so you don't have to rush like you would if on tour. Set a few hours for this place
The Badaling Expressway follows the Pass from Beijing to Badaling Great Wall and on to Inner Mongolia. On leaving the flat plain on which Beijing is situated, the road enters the pass through mountains that were a natural barrier between the Chinese capital and the wilderness to the north occupied by barbarian tribes in ancient times. The Pass was a direct route for invading hoards invading China and therefore as part of the Great Wall of China defence system various fortifications were constructed. The Badaling Great Wall sits at the head of the pass at the top, whilst two other walls straddle the Pass at intermediate points - the Shuiguan Great Wall and the Juyongguan Great Wall. These massive fortifications can be easily seen from the road and give a dramatic impression of how it must have been in medieval times. And of course you could stop and visit.
The Great Wall is truly amazing. You can see it stretching out for miles undulating across the mountains. The scale of this thing has to be seen to be believed.The day I visited it was misty and that added atmosphere to the place. It was beautiful and peaceful, and not too busy at all. The wall itself has been restored in this part which means that it was in far better condition than I expected.This is a sight not to be missed!
Our visit to the wall was on the final day of our Wendy Wu tour of China and certainly ranked as one of the major highlights of the trip. The Juyong Pass was our access point and although we were on site by about 9 am in an effort to avoid the worst of the crowds, the coach park was already packed with teaming masses of like minded tourists also eager to experience this iconic wonder. Unlike some of the other accesses to the wall there is no cable car or mechanical aide to help you ascend the often very steep and irregular steps that you will encounter. The lower reaches of the wall are particularly crowded - so much so, that anyone just pausing to take a quick photograph ended up creating a blockage so at some points there were marshalls ushering us along. There are handrails in most places but also some very narrow, unguarded twists and turns up uneven steps. However, the more you keep going and the higher you climb, the more the crowds thin out, especially if, like us, you have chosen to head towards beacon tower 13 - the highest point within reach of about a one hour climb. Indeed it was a tough climb in the sweltering heat but the crowds quickly thinned and at last we were able to appreciate the sheer magnitude of this vast construction which snakes its way endlessly across the mountainous terrain. It did feel quite surreal to be standing atop this great icon as China has only been fully opened up to western tourists in recent years - not something we imagined we would ever be able to do in our lifetime. Just a couple of tips: There are public toilets in the car park which, although not very inviting, are the last ones you will see before your return from a potentially long and gruelling journey. Also if you don't particularly want to get to the dizzy heights of beacon tower 13, you could set off in the opposite direction which is a gentler climb - don't underestimate how exhausting this can be, especially in the heat.