Jiankou Great Wall adventure

Trip Start Jul 20, 2004
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Trip End Jul 20, 2014


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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Located in the mountain ridge of Xizhazi Village, Huairou County in Beijing, Jiankou Great Wall was an important section of the wall in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Owing to the need for renovation, the wall is regarded as one of the most dangerous sections of the Ming's wall. It connects to Mutianyu Great Wall in the east and joins Huanghuacheng Great Wall in the west. From east to north, the wall zigzags 9.3 miles from 'The Ox Horn Edge Wall' to 'The Nine-Eye Tower' via 'The Beijing Knot'. Compared with Mutianyu Great Wall, the mountain is higher and steeper, while compared with Simatai Great Wall, it is more winding and varied. It was built from the local material - dolomite. The large pieces of white rock make the wall striking to the eye at a distance.

There are many famous sections of Jiankou Great Wall, such as 'The Nine-Eye Tower', an important command post during the ancient wars. It has three layers, and there are nine holes which look like nine eyes on each side. 'The Beijing Knot' is the meeting point for three walls coming from different directions. 'The Sky Stair', is a precipitous stair whose angle of elevation is 70 to 80 degrees. It leads to 'The Eagle Flies Facing Upward', a watch tower built on the lofty peaks. It is so dangerous that even eagles have to fly facing upward to reach the top. 'Zhengbei Tower' is the right place to appreciate the beauty of the sunrise and the sunset.

So, on a sunny thursday we set off in 3 cars to visit the village and hike up the Great Wall. We brought lots of food and drinks and were looking forward to a sumptous BBQ after the hike. Cinderella had stayed at the village before and new the family whose house we used for the BBQ. We had an enjoyable,fun-filled hike and our local guide explained a lot about the history of the Wall (translated by our friends). After the hike, we were starving and instead of waiting until 8pm we started cooking immediatly. We had vegetables, shrimp, chicken wings,lamb kebabs, bread and lost of beer. It was good break from work and also an opportunity to see yet another part of the Great Wall. I loved it!!
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