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jiankou Great Wall

If you look carefully at the recent published Great Wall photographic works, you will quickly find that most of the pictures are taken from Jian Kou Great Wall. Due to its unique style, steep mountains and beautiful scenery, Jiankou Great Wall has become a photographic hotspot and also a hot travel destination these days. 'Jiankou', is translated as 'Arrow Nock' in English, because the shape of the mountain is like an arrow, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock.

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. Jiankou Cliffs is the steepest, most vertiginous, most dangerous section of the entire Great Wall of China.

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.

Tips:
Some sections of the wall are seriously damaged, so watch your step. It is better to go in a group.
The local dish of rainbow trout is very famous. Peasant dish is also a good choice.
Near the wall, 'Zhao's Hostel' is a nice place to spend the night.

JianKou Great Wall is truly wild and awesomely beautiful - but also dangerous, so be careful.

the unbelievably steep staircases gave way to rocks cemented together in a nearly vertical wall that was impossible to ascend without the use of all four limbs. Now, we have a sort of safety rule pertaining to cliffs, boulders and other obstacles of the vertical persuasion: if we have to use our hands for much more than stabilisation or the odd short scramble, we turn around. In other words, no rock climbing.

Getting there:
You can take bus No.916 at Dongzhimen Gate, get off at Huairou, where you change to a midibus to Mutianyu, and get off at Xinying, where you can take a minibus and get off at Zhenzhuquan (Pearl Spring). You will easily find Jiankou Great Wall from there.

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