Jiankou Section of the Great Wall in Beijing

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Jiankou Section of the Great Wall in Beijing

Jiankou Great Wall is located in Huairou District, 10 km from Mutianyu Great Wall in the east, about 80 KM from downtown Beijing. Huanghuacheng Great Wall is situated to the west of Jiankou. This section was first constructed in 1368 during the period of the Ming Dynasty.
Jiankou Great Wall is the most dangerous and ruined section of the great wall around Beijing. There are four must-to-see attractions along the section of Jiankou Great Wall.
"The Eagle Flies Facing Upward": it is actually an enemy observation tower. It is such named due to the fact that the observation tower is built on the highest place of the mountain. So, if an eagle wants to fly to the tower, it has to fly facing upwards before it gets to the top of the tower.
"Ladders in the sky": At this part of the Wall the ladders go actually straight up, and they are so narrow that it is almost impossible to hold a foothold.
"Beijing Knot": the meeting place for three different linking sections of the Great Wall at Jiankou.
"The Nine-Eye Tower": A watchtower with 9 holes resembling 9 eyes.
This is one of the most scenic stretch of Great Wall around Beijing. This is the real great wall, not something like touristic Disney-style walls restored to please you. Most Beijing people loving outdoor activities heard about it. Many people have seen a picture of it because it is well known as the most photographed stretch of Great Wall in China! However, Getting to the top of the wall is very difficult. Most of the wall is in ruins, so the climb itself is quite dangerous. A few lives were lost in the past few years. But if you want to see the real thing, Jiankou Great Wall is ideal for you!

Very Important Notice:
Jiankou Great Wall is a wild section of the Great Wall. Hikiking on the Jiankou Great Wall is not legal! Jiankou Great Wall hike is not protected by local tourism administration. We suggest you choose the Mutianyu Great Wall instead of the Jiankou Great Wall.
The notice above is published by Beijing Xinhua International Tours in July, 2007.