Great Wall - HuangHuaCheng

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Beijing, China
Great Wall - HuangHuaCheng - Looking Northeast towards the reservoir and the town of HuangHuaCheng (hidden at the bottom)
Great Wall - HuangHuaCheng - Hiking from Zhuangdaokou to the first section of wall.
Great Wall - HuangHuaCheng - The walled town, former garrison.
Great Wall - HuangHuaCheng - Our guide, Hayden, pointing out the original bricks of one of the walltowers.  Bricks are yellow, and some subpar bricks have weathered a lot.
Great Wall - HuangHuaCheng - Looking Southwest (the other side, as compared to the first photo), towards HuanghuaCheng.  The site of the first photo is at the top of the hill in this picture.
Great Wall - HuangHuaCheng - Nice contrast between restored and unrestored sections here.  We only went up a few towers of the unrestored part.

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daniiltimin daniilti…
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Lake scenery + the Great Wall Oct 14, 2016
Before going to Huanghuacheng I did a lot of research on which part of the Great Wall is the best to visit.

I didn't want to go to the most popular spots like Badaling and Mutianyu, so I picked Huanghuacheng as the one.

The visit was definitely worth the money. The wall at Huanhuacheng is not long, but you get some very pretty lake views on top of the wall.

Huanghuacheng is the perfect spot for hikers, you can also take a boat tour or rent a paddle boat which is very cool and unique.
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Chocolatejamaica Chocolat…
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Greatest Moment Ever! Oct 06, 2012
This was one of the most amazing places in the world that I have visited. It was a challenge to climb to the top, but once I got there, it was so breath taking! This is a MUST activity that people should do if they visit China! There are several ways to get there, but I prefer to climb the stairs. You can also take a cable car to the top or there are other ways. From the city we took a bus to a nearby city, then we took a taxi to the foot of the wall. I will always cherish my trip to the Great wall!
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covieabroad covieabr…
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Best way to avoid crowds at the Great Wall Jun 12, 2011
Most visitors to China see one of the big tourist Great Wall sites - Badaling, Mutianyu, even Simatai (which used to be a bit more remote). At those sites, you get the aggressive water sellers, the tacky trinket shops at the base, the chairlift rides up and perhaps an alpine slide down again, and of course the hordes of people.

Less visited, but just as dramatic, and even a little closer to Beijing in some cases, is HuangHuaCheng, sometimes just called HuangHua, which translates into "Yellow Flower" Here, you avoid the crowds, but can still find some very nice restaurants at the base, and scenery that is just as dramatic as the other sites, if not more so.

We hoped to avoid the crowds and see both restored and unrestored sections. So we selected a trip run by Beijing Hikers, focused more on the hiking experience than the tourists. We started at the small village of ZhuangDaoKou, and ended at HuangHuaCheng. Hiked a short distance through ZhuangDaoKou, pausing at a pair of 300 year old pine trees now held together with baling wire and crutches. The main local crop is nuts, especially walnuts and almonds. Orchards of these trees were everywhere, terraced into the hillside, and we bought a bag of smallish but delicious Chinese almonds in the town. Then up to a small juncture in the wall, where it descended to a small pass on both sides of very steep hills.

This section of the Wall was built in late Ming dynasty, about 420 years ago. Here, we went up one side to the top of the hill and looked down at HuanghuaCheng, our target, nestled at the bottom of the next valley, at the base of a reservoir. The views from here are spectacular. After going back down to the base of that wall section, we continued through the fields and forests to a small walled town, the site of of the original garrison that manned these sections of the wall. The fort's walls still stand, and there are a number of small houses crowded inside, although they are gradually emptying after the local government cut off their electricity. We walked around on the top of the wall, marveling at its construction.

We took a short bus ride to a fantastic restaurant, where our tour guides bought us an excellent lunch (sorry, did not note the name of it). Then a short 40 minute hike up the next part of the wall on the Northeast side of the reservoir. Here the locals charged 2 RMB admission (which the tour group picked up) - a huge difference from the much larger fees at the more popular sites. We met both local day hikers, and some tourists who were hiking this section in conjunction with others.

I hope the pictures speak for themselves.

This section is harder to get to than others - no obvious public transport that I could see. However, as part of an organized trip, this is a lot less touristed and nicer section to see.

We went with a trip organized by Beijing Hikers. They run many trips to different sections of the Wall, including even some multi-day hikes for the really adventurous in the Western provinces. The guides were excellent, spoke excellent English, and had some great detailed info about the wall. It is more focused on a hiking experience, than on an information about the Wall experience, but they will answer any questions you have. Not a full service tourist service that will pick you up from your hotel - you need to get to where the bus leaves (in our case, from a subway stop at Line 10 at 8:00, and then from the Lido Hotel at 8:30). But then, if you want door to door service, you're probably going to want chairlifts to the top of the Wall too anyways...

Their hikes are usually attended by longterm expats who speak English, and adventurous tourists. Most of the others on the trip were in Beijing for longer than a few weeks. They list upcoming hikes on their website, which are mostly on weekends. We paid RMB 320 for adults which included air con bus too and from Beijing, water, and an excellent lunch. That's about an average charge for their many different hikes, and absolutely worth it, in my opinion.

As far as we were concerned, it was exactly what we wanted, and a very fully and rewarding day. Definitely a section of the wall to check if you want to avoid the giant crowds and typical tourist experience.
Looking Northeast towards the rese…
Hiking from Zhuangdaokou to the fi…
The walled town, former garrison.
Our guide, Hayden, pointing out th…
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