By Margaux Schreurs , eChinacities.com

For a great day trip, and an alternative Great Wall experience, a visit to Tianjin’s Huangyaguan Great Wall is the perfect option. Located some 126 km north of Tianjin in the northern part of Ji County, Huangyaguan Great Wall became one of Tianjin’s biggest treasures to protect in 1986.

Away from Tianjin: Huangyaguan Great Wall
Photo: Baidu

This section of the Great Wall was first built in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557AD) and reconstructed for the first time using bricks during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was then restored for the second time in 1985. All together, it winds through the mountains for 42 km on a mountain ridge, at an average altitude of 738 meters, with a total of 66 watch towers. The main watch tower to go see is the Phoenix Tower, also called the Baguaguan Castle. These are some of the most unique parts of the wall, and this part of the Great Wall incorporates the most different features. Even the nature in surrounding areas is beautiful, rife with natural springs and waterfalls.

The wall at Huangyaguan is rougher than other parts though, and steps are steep. To take on this part of the wall you must be in decent physical condition and it is important to note that unlike most parts of the Great Wall in Beijing, there are no cable cars here.

Where
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00
Address: Huangyaguan Great Wall, Xiaying Town, Ji County, Tianjin
天津市下营镇黄崖关长城
Tel: 022 2271 8106
How Much: 35 RMB (November 1 – February 28); 40 RMB (March 1 - October 3)

When
Although each season has its own charm, there are some things to watch out for. For example, during July and August, the weather can get very hot. On top of this, they are the wettest months of the year, so make sure you are prepared for these conditions. Between December and February, conditions can be extremely cold, but the wall will be tranquil and covered in snow, with very few other tourists around.

Getting There
You can get to the wall by getting either the train or a coach from Tianjin. The train leaves from Tianjin East Station to Jixian Train Station , and takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The bus leaves from Tianjin Heibei Passenger Depot to Jixian Passenger Depot, takes about three hours, and costs 35 RMB.

Where To Stay
If you want to spend the night, there are some guesthouses in the area that cater to foreigners and have private en-suite rooms available. These two addresses have rooms with views of the Great Wall, and they have private rooms as well as shared rooms, depending on your preference.

1) Chaoqun Farmer’s Guesthouse (黄崖关长城超群农家院)View In Map
Add: 200 meters south from the Huangyaguan Ticket Office, Huangyaguan Village, Ji County, Tianjin
地址:天津市蓟县黄崖关村南距离黄崖关售票处200米
Tel: 138 2061 4244

2) Weijun Farmer’s Guesthouse (卫军农家院)View In Map
Add: Great Wall Road, Little Pingan Village, Huangyaguan, Xiaying Town, Ji County, Tianjin
地址:天津市蓟县下营镇黄崖关小平安村长城路
Tel: 139 2086 3158

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3 Comments Add your comment

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szmurati
comment|55587|277316

Best place to visit if you want to avoid crowd. Went there at wintertime and actually no one was there except locals.

Feb 08, 2015 20:19 Report Abuse

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WendyInChina
comment|63523|293908

I'm thinking of going. Did you stay overnight? If so, where?

Jul 30, 2015 09:15 Report Abuse

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szmurati
comment|67883|277316

sorry for late reply. not coming online very often. No need to stay overnight. 1 day should be enough but keep the train schedule in mind because the last one left around 4-5 pm as i remember.

Jan 02, 2016 02:09 Report Abuse