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Hi John,

Thanks again for a great day.

Pictures attached of the blocked tower (20th) – I think it’s the one where the hike transfers from ‘Wild’ to ‘Restored’ and we had to edge out along a small ledge and climb over the blockage into the watchtower from there – but there was quite a drop below.

In the last image you can see behind the woman a lower part of the wall, to the right of the picture which is where we climbed over (about 1 meter in heigh).

Hope this helps!

A&W

Update 5th of May, 2016.

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Note:

The Mutianyu authority started to build blockage from Jiankou to Mutianyu on 30th March. The entrance at Watch Tower 20 was closed off. It is still manageable if you are willing to climb over the 60cm-high wall next to the entrance. The hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu now is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a pity that the doorway was blocked.

 

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Snow at Jiankou

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About 100 kilometers west of Beijing, in Huailai County, are pieces of the ancient Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), as well as the country’s largest ancient post station.

With fewer visitors and a less commercialized feel, this area offers traces of the past without the crowds that constantly remind you that you’re stuck in the present.

Yangbian Great Wall as model

Xiaonan Xinbu Town, located in the southeast of Huailai County, Hebei Province, is about 120 kilometers from Beijing. The ancient town is near Guanting Lake in the north and connects to Dingdu Mountain in the south. It has many historical sites. The most magnificent is Yangbian Great Wall.

Located in the mountain near Miaogang Village, it’s also called the Miaogang Great Wall. The high peaks and deep valleys made this an important defensive stronghold in ancient times. The old wall zigzags through the mountain.

Locals are very proud of the Yangbian Great Wall. “If it was closer to Beijing, it’d definitely surpass Badaling’s fame,” a villager said.

Compared to the Great Wall around Beijing, Yangbian is comparatively “wild.” It was built using stones and rocks in irregular shapes from the mountainside. The wall itself, however, is sturdy. The tops are paved with large slabs of stone. Ochre moss grows on the stones form different patterns.

The wall, with renovations, stretches for more than 10 kilometers. The original Yangbian section accounts for 2.5 kilometers.

It is said that Xu Da, a Ming general, constructed part of the wall here as a model for the Juyongguan Pass. The model had a working beacon tower that made the wall look impregnable.

Legend has it that an inspector shot arrows at the wall as part of the test.

After hundreds of years though, some parts of the Wall are broken, by both the weather and people who needed stones to build houses.

Another place to see in the area is Lijinggou Village in Xiaonan Xinbu Town, which features dozens of ancient cave dwellings.

The small village is built on a unique landform. With a large loess base, villagers live in large caves. They sleep on adobe kang beds that also serve as a stove top. Some homes are decorated with black-and-white photos that hint at how life was lived many years ago.

The caves are cool during the summer and warm in the winter. Many elders who have grown up there prefer living in caves over furnished apartments.

Several caves have been renovated to receive tourists. Villagers plan to open tea houses and bars in the caves, letting urban dwellers experience a different type of lifestyle.

(From: Beijing Today, By Zhang Dongya)

Related article: The Dread Cliffs of Dayingpan

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The view from a beacon tower on February 9, 2014 shows the Huanghuacheng Great Wall shimmering in the morning light.The Ming Dynasty Huanghuacheng Great Wall is located in Beijing’s Huairou district,approximately 70 km from downtown Beijing. The recent snowfall has added to the scenery’s serenity and purity.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken from a beacon tower on Huanghuacheng Great Wall on February 9,2014 shows the star-filled sky before sunrise.The Ming Dynasty Huanghuacheng Great Wall is located in Beijing's Huairou district,approximately 70 km from downtown Beijing. The recent snowfall has added to the scenery's serenity and purity.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken from a beacon tower on Huanghuacheng Great Wall on February 9,2014 shows the star-filled sky before sunrise.The Ming Dynasty Huanghuacheng Great Wall is located in Beijing’s Huairou district,approximately 70 km from downtown Beijing. The recent snowfall has added to the scenery’s serenity and purity.[Photo/Xinhua]

The view from a beacon tower on February 9, 2014 shows the Huanghuacheng Great Wall before sunrise.The Ming Dynasty Huanghuacheng Great Wall is located in Beijing's Huairou district,approximately 70 km from downtown Beijing. The recent snowfall has added to the scenery's serenity and purity.[Photo/Xinhua]

The view from a beacon tower on February 9, 2014 shows the Huanghuacheng Great Wall before sunrise.The Ming Dynasty Huanghuacheng Great Wall is located in Beijing’s Huairou district,approximately 70 km from downtown Beijing. The recent snowfall has added to the scenery’s serenity and purity.[Photo/Xinhua]

Jiumenkou Great Wall

As people all know what the Great Wall looks like but did you know that some of it is built over water? The Jiumenkou section of the wall in Liaoning Province in North East China is famous for just that.

The Jiumenkou section of the Great Wall used to function as a defensive frontline against nomadic tribes. Built more than 1,500 years ago, it has undergone multiple renovations in history and is a prime example of a defensive fortification. Today, the site is drawing in tourists from around the world because of its unique location over water.

Li Lulu, Jiumenkou Great Wall, said, “We have a team of tour-guides fluent in English to provide in-depth introductions to visitors from around the world.”

The site has been recognized by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage site. Another site in the area of similar stature is the “Three Mausoleums of Shengjing”, also in Liaoning Province. The site includes the tomb of the founding emperor of the Qing Dynasty and tombs dedicated to his ancestors.

Tang Wei, Deputy Managing Director, Eastern Mausoleum, said, “We made some renovations to the walls of the mausoleum and we have also set in place new measures to protect the site, like limiting the number of tourists and providing proper directions.”

The Qing dynasty was established by the nomadic Manchu people living in Northern China, and the legacies here exemplify the clash and merging of Manchu culture with the Han civilization for all to see.

Source: CCTV.com.

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Hefangkou Memorial

john  —  December 8, 2012

Hefangkou pass

Ming Great Wall fortress. Named due to location on main river, according to <Fangyu Minutes> “Hefangkou pass is in the second pass of Yuanniankou east, north of the county. Outside of it is Lianyuanzhan, and to the north is Shalinger. The fortress is narrow and can impede horses. It is easy to defend.” Also according to <Jiajing Jizhou records> “It is 8 li from the northeast to Dashuiyu, and 10 li from southwest to Shentangyu. The mouth of the water is tens of zhang. Ten horses can stand abreast. Both outside and inside are wide.” <Three towns’ border general minutes> records “Hefangkou goes to big rivers. The mouth of the river and the middle of two mountains in the east and west are open and can be passed.” Hefangkou’s tianbei records show that during Ming Muzong Longqing (1567-1572), three official guards were once sent to defend it. This pass was also the fortress toward Fengning Dage Town in Qing Dynasty. The southern side of the pass is Hefangkou village and there was a castle in the village on the eastern bank of the river. The pass was built in Yongle year. In the Ming Dynasty, it belonged to the jurisdiction of ****anlu, Ji town. The southern door was open and there were three characters “He Fang Kou” above the door. The Great Wall near the castle and pass was detached from 1953 through 1963. The castle’s inscribed board still exists. In the beginning of September, 1933, Ji Hongchang and Fang Zhenwu led anti-Japanese allies to the south through Dushikou and advanced southward separately through Hefangkou, Yuanniankou and Dashuiyu. On September 20, Fang’s army entered into Huairou. On 23rd, Ji and Fang met together in Huairou. From 1939 through 1943 the Huaifeng Road was built.