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1 Day Shanhaiguan and Qinhuangdao in Hebei Province

A country of epic proportions, China rewards travelers with a contrasting diversity of sights, sounds and experiences forever etched in memory. This full day tour is unique, explore the dramatic landscapes of the Great-Wall and its awe-inspiring and culturally enriching experience, and if you've already been to the world-renowned Badaling Great Wall and are looking for somewhere more untamed and authentic why not try Jiaoshan Great Wall? Besides, you experience Shanhaiguan and The head of Old Dragon in the tour.
  

Tour Code :
A0117
Duration :
1 days
Destinations :
Hebei
Departure date :
Everyday
Tour Type :
Private Tour
From $139
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    Day 1 Hebei       Lunch    

    Jiaoshan Great Wall-Shanhaiguan-The head of Old Dragon    

    After breakfast the driver will pick you up from your hotel then send you off to Beijing Train Station. Flash your boarding pass and check in, we are riding the high speed train to Qinhuangdao city.  Upon arrival ,the local driver and tour guide there will meet you and take you directly to visit the Jiaoshan Great Wall located to the east of Shanhaiguan also known as “the first peak of the Great Wall”. This section of the Great Wall was built during the reign of Emperor Hongwu (1328-1398) of the Ming Dynasty, and it extends about 1500 meters. Choose to take a chairlift to the top, then hike down the Wall to appreciate the beauty of the fortification. This section of the Great Wall is quite precipitous! Watch your steps while hiking.

      

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      Jiaoshan Great Wall

    After a Chinese lunch, continue to visit the First Pass Under Heaven at Shanhaiguan; considered the No.1 pass of the Great Wall. Then move to Old Dragons Head ( Laolongtou ), the easternmost end of the Great Wall, which extends 23 meters into the sea,like a dragon drinking water, hence the name. This part of the Great Wall was first constructed in the 7th year of Wanli reign in the Ming dynasty (1579) and was largely repaired in the 7th year of Kangxi reign in the Qing dynasty (1668). This then marks the end of the fantastic tour which will be followed by drop off at the train station to head back to Beijing where you will be sent back to the hotel upon arrival.

Person(s)/$ 1 2-5 6-9 ≥10
Price per person

Inclusions

    1. Entrance fees described in the itinerary.

    2. Round trip train tickets

    3. Hotel transfer 

    4. Lunch

    5. English speaking guide

    6. A bottle of water a day per person


Exclusions

    1. Tips to the guide and driver

    2. Personal expenses.

    3. Hotel (We can book hotel for you according to your request)

     

      

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    Jiaoshan Great Wall

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    Jiaoshan Great Wall   

       Jiaoshan Great Wall is located about 1.9 miles (3 km) from Shanhaiguan ancient city. It is named after Jiaoshan Mountain, which is the highest peak to the north of Shanhaiguan Pass and also the first mountain the Great Wall climbs up after Shanhaiguan Pass. Therefore the mountain is noted as "The first mountain of the Great Wall".

      To explore the real Jiaoshan Ancient Wall, visitors have to climb over a wall cemented to No.3 watch tower of the repaired section. Unlike the newly restored wall, the ancient wall provides you a sense of historical vicissitude. Walking on the dilapidated wall is a great challenge. The wall appears more and more crumbled and deformed as you forge ahead. In some sections, the wall is only built on one side, with the other side being the deep cliffs. In some sections, the mountain ridge is functioned as the wall, which is called by experts "mountain-supported wall". Watch your steps when you enter this zone. Look out to the southeast, and you will see a watch tower standing at the top of a lonely hill. It is Zhenlu Platform (translated as "Suppress Enemies Platform"). Gaze to the northwest, and you can find Qixian Temple dimly hidden in the thick forest. It is the place where Xiao Xian studied. (Xiao Xian was a noted calligrapher in Ming Dynasty who inscribed for the plaque "The First Pass under Heaven" in Shanhaiguan Pass).

    Jiaoshan Great Wall

    After a one-hour's difficult climb, you will arrive at Dapingding Peak, the main peak of Jiaoshan Mountain. Stand on the top and look west, you can see the full extent of Yansai Lake, and watch northeast, you will get a panoramic view of Changshou (Longevity) Mountain Scenic Area. To the south, you can see the full shot of Jiaoshan Great Wall and Shanhaiguan City, if weather permits, Laolongtou and Bohai Sea can also be vividly recognized afar.

      Jiaoshan Ancient Wall turns east from Dapingding Peak. It first noses down the eastern slope of Dapingding Peak, climbs over Liumianding Mountain and then arrives at Sandaoguan Pass which is actually a twin watch tower. The travel from Dapingding Peak to Sandaoguan Pass takes about one hour, and also, it is a thorny track which is difficult to reach. You will have entered Changshou Mountain Scenic Area at the end of this trekking.

     

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    The head of Old Dragon

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    Old Dragon's Head 

    Four kilometers south of Shanhaiguan, Laolongtou, or "Old Dragon's Head" is the easternmost end of the Great Wall, which stretches 23 meters into the sea like a dragon drinking water, hence its name. This part of the Great Wall was built in the 7 th year of Wanli reign in the Ming dynasty (1579) and was mended in the 7 th year of Kangxi reign in the Qing dynasty (1668). Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty would stop here for a visit on their way to Fengtian (Present - day Shenyang) to worship their ancestors, which makes the city even more worthy of its name. Standing at Laolongtou, facing the misty sea, visitors can easily picture Emperor Qin (221-207 BC), the first emperor of China, sending people into the sea here to find a drug that would give him immortality. You can see the Great Wall as it zigzags over the rolling mountains like a giant dragon to the north. Looking to the south you can see the vast expanse of sea stretching far to merge with the sky. At this moment you feel as if you could embrace the whole world.

      It consists of the Estuary Stone City, Jinglu Watchtower, Wangshou Watchtower, Nanhaikou Pass, Chenghai Tower, Ninghai City and Binhai City.

    Old Dragon's Head

      The Estuary Stone City

      The Stone City lying at the estuary was built by Qijiguang, a famous general of the Ming dynasty. It used to serve as a defense work to resist the aggression of Nuchen and Mongolia. The Stone City was based on natural reefs and constructed with huge rocks, which were rabbet and connected by cast iron chains. With battlements placed on walls the Stone City extends into the sea and is very grandiosity.

      Jinglu Watchtower

      Connecting with the Stone City in the north, Jinglu Watchtower, was built with granite bars and has a commanding height to block the sea. The straight-cut plane of the watchtower is an equilateral trapezium with a bottoms length of 11.7 meters and a top of 10.7 meters.

      Wangshou Watchtower

      Wangshou Watchtower and Jinglu Watchtower echo each other at a distance to form defense fortifications that outflank the Old Dragon's Head Bay. As a close defense work, the protruding tower is 25 meters-wide and 34 meters long, with parapet walls inside and a basement beneath that is over 20-meter-long .

      Nanhaikou Pass

      Nanhaikou Pass is the only pass of the Ming Great wall established on the seashore. With a height of 5.4 meters, this pass was supposed to be the commanding center of the Laolongtou Great Wall defense system

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    Shanhaiguan

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      Shanhaiguan pass was formerly named as Yuguan. It faces Yanshan from the north and connected to Bohai from the south. Thus got the name as Shanhaiguan pass. Shanhaiguan pass is a highlighted ancient Great Wall and reputed as the first pass under the heaven. Shanhaiguan pass faces directly the Jiayuguan pass and is famous all over the world. In 1381, General Xu Da of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) led the construction of the Shanhaiguan Great Wall defences. Shan means 'mountain' and hai means 'sea', and Shanhai Pass got its name due to its position between mountains and sea. The diameter of Shanhaiguan city is around 4 kilometers and connected to Great Wall. Shanghaiguan city is a pass with 14 meters high and 7 meters thick city wall. There are four gates of the city with multiple defense system. In 1961, Shanhaiguan pass was listed as national key relics by state council. In 2001, Shanghaiguan pass was listed as the national historical and cultural famous city tour spot by state council.

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      Before 1990, shanhaiguan pass was assumed as the eatermost end of Ming Great Wall. Shanhaiguan Great Wall is 26 kilometers long and lies 10 kilometers to east of Qinhuangdao. Since 1381, there were stationed with army because Shanhaiguan was a military key town with an important strategic position. Shanhaiguan is a cultural ancient city with a complete and best-preserved city wall. There are many courtyards inside the city and made the city look elegant and simple.

      Tourist Sights Inside the Fortress Area

      Arrow Towers: There used to be an arrow tower on each gate of the pass. Now only the tower at east side (The gate with the 'First Pass Under Heaven' plaque) is well preserved. These arrow towers controlled the main flow of traffic through the pass.

      The Gate House in front of the east gate is surrounded by high wall and protected the fort town's nearby walls.

      Shanhaiguan Great Wall Museum has ancient-style architecture, and contains many exhibitions like cannons and Great Wall models. You can learn about the Great Wall's history and culture there.

      Bell and Drum Tower is in the center of the fortress area.

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