Juyongguan

Chinese name
居庸关 (Jūyōngguān)
Admission
¥45 (Apr 1-Oct 31); ¥40 (Nov 1-Mar 31)
Hours
8:30–17:00
Website
www.juyongguan.com (English option on top right corner)

Juyongguan is more of a large fortress than a wall. Actually it’s both – but mostly a fortress. It was fully restored in 1992 and 2000, so it is essentially a modern creation, albeit a pretty one. For authentic wall seekers Juyongguan will disappoint, but for others, the views at Juyongguan are breathtaking; perhaps the most amazing of any restored section. As early as the Jin Dynasty (1115 – 1234), it was known as one of the eight most beautiful scenic spots of Beijing, and in 1987 the renowned pass was listed in the World Heritage Directory.The wall at Juyongguan slides right down to the parking lot, meaning there is no chairlift, and it is easily accessible from Beijing. The hiking along the wall can be steep, but the full, modern restoration means it is not rugged or technical. As long as you can climb stairs, Juyongguan will provide no unmanageable challenges.

Hiking & Info
The pass is circular with a perimeter of about 4 km (2.5 mi) and actually consists of two passes: Nan Kou to the north and Badaling to the south. If you are not in the mood to be annoyed we advise you to avoid heading in the Badaling direction, which is loaded with souvenir hawkers. Like all hawkers at the major tourist destinations, they can be quite persistent, so move quickly through them.

Attention, language dorks! Near the center of Juyongguan you will find a marble structure known as Cloud Terrace, or Yuntai. This beautiful stone tab is a rare survivor from the Yuan Dynasty and was built in 1365. Among its exquisite carvings is a Dharani Sutra in six different languages: Chinese, Mongolian, Sanskrit, Tangut, Tibetan, and Uighur. There are also temples and a giant water gate, all built in the ancient Ming style.

You can find plenty of restaurants at Juyongguan, the largest and most apparent being the not so aptly named Juyongguan Pass Great Wall Old Inn.
Pack & Additional Options
Sunscreen, Water, Snacks (recommended but not essential), Camera

Juyongguan Pass Great Wall Old Inn ( Jūyōngguān Chángchéng Gǔ Kèzhàn 居庸关长城古客栈; phone: 6977 8888; rooms start at ¥298). This luxury hotel features a 200-person dining room, swimming pool, Western breakfast, satellite TV, bowling, and a plethora of other amenities.
Transport
Taxi - ¥400 to ¥700 round trip
Bus - From the Deshengmen (德胜门) Transportation Hub you can catch a couple of buses to Juyongguan Great Wall. There are many buses that will take you to Deshengmen, but a more convenient option may be to take subway Line 2 to Jishuitan (积水潭) and walk east about 450 m (1,476 ft). From Deshengmen Station either grab the 880 or the 919 bus and take it to Nankouhuandao Bei Station (南口环岛北站). Next, hop on the Changping (昌平) 68 bus and take it to the terminal stop. Note: the number 68 bus has the Changping characters, so look for this on the placard: 昌平68.

880 – ¥6, 1.5 hours, 7:00 to 19:30
919 – ¥6, 1.5 hours, 6:00 to 18:30
昌平68 – about ¥12
Tour bus - There are four different tour buses that make morning trips to the Juyongguan Great Wall area; you should be able to find one that is relatively close to your area.
Tour bus 1 – Northeast part of Jianlou in Qianmen; departs 6:00-10:00
Tour bus 2 – Beijing Railway Station; departs 6:00-10:00
Tour bus 3 – Dongda Bridge; departs 6:00-10:00
Tour bus 4 – Beijing Zoo; departs 6:30-10:00
Train - Trains to Juyongguan depart from Beijing North Railway Station (北京北站), which is located near Xizhimen Subway Station, and let off at Juyongguan Station. Please note each train’s morning departure time and afternoon return time from Juyongguan.
7173 – 9:10 depart; 15:00 return
L671 – 7:18 depart; 14:29 return
L673 – 7:56 depart; 15:03 return
L675 – 8:50 depart; 14:09 return
 

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