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Huanghuacheng Great Wall
Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Ansi Rd, Huairou Qu, Beijing, China

The Basics

Some parts of Huanghuacheng have been restored to resemble what they looked like during the early Ming Dynasty, but much of this portion of the wall remains in ruins. The payoff for making the steep and uneven climb is the amazing view.

Because Huanghuacheng isn't as easily accessible from Beijing as other parts of the wall, visitors are encouraged to book a private guided tour that includes transportation to and from the city and time to hike independently. Guided hikes are also popular, providing assistance in especially steep areas. Travelers can also combine a visit to Huanghuacheng with stops at other parts of the wall, or, for a truly unique experience, cruise to the wall in a 1930s-style sidecar from the city.

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Huanghuacheng Great Wall Sunset/Day Tour
Huanghuacheng Great Wall Sunset/Day Tour
$160.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing!
We had a wonderful time at Huanghuacheng Great Wall. The section we went to not open to the public, so we were experience the real Great Wall like back into the past. Laura, our guide, was very helpful. She explained the history and helped us took the photos. Thank you very much, Laura. And also thank you to Xiaowei, who we contact and manage everything for us.
Chinnapong_R, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Beijing

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Fantastic service and experience
Kwang_W, Dec 2019
Huanghuacheng Lakeside Great Wall Private Tour
Benny was our driver for this trip. We asked him to pick us up at Hotel at 08h00 and he arrived at 07h55. We had a few pleasant conversations in English and he took us to this beautiful part of the Great Wall of China. (Huanghuacheng Lakeside). Not an overcrowded spot with too many tourists which suited us fine. 6 hours later we were back at the hotel after having a fantastic day out. I would recommend Benny any time, great service!
star-5
3 Day Great Wall Trek to Huahnguacheng, Gubeikou and JInshanling
Laurie W, Nov 2019
Private 3-Day Great Wall Trek Trip to Huanghuacheng, Gubeikou, Jinshanling from Beijing
My trip was seamless. James, my guide, was great making sure I experienced the Great Wall in an intimate and personal way. Food was great as was my stay at a farmer's home. I would highly recommend Great Wall Trek Club.
star-5
Lovely day with great guide
Aaron_M, Nov 2019
All Inclusive Private Tour to Huanghuacheng Waterside Great Wall and Ming Tombs
Had a fantastic day at The Great Wall (Huanghuacheng) and Ming Tombs (well, one tomb is all you can go in). Started with a great fall drive through the countryside. Not too many tourist at the time we went (Nov, on a Friday) but LOTS OF STAIRS! Be prepared! Ming Tombs were also lovely (more stairs) and very spiritual. All and all a great day with a great guide (Albert, as we westerners call him)...oh and lunch was super tasty and a great locals experience. All and all FIVE STARS!!!
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Ploutarchos_C, Oct 2019
Private Trip to Huanghuacheng Great Wall With Speaking-English Driver
She was polite and willing to help us in any questions we had. she came to pick us up on time.....................
star-5
Great Experience and Terrific Guide and Driver
511beverleyk, Jul 2019
All-Inclusive Private Day Trip to Mutianyu and Huanghuacheng Water Great Wall
We were picked up at our Hotel by Viator. Our guide Albert was the best guide we have ever experienced. He was so helpful and fulfilled all our needs. He realised that the morning at the Great Wall was enough for us and suggested we go to the Beijing Olympic Stadium which we did. The tours were both wonderful and we will remember them for ever. Thank you Allbert and your Driver (who could not speak English), for giving us such a safe and memorable tour.
star-5
Amazing three different perspectives of the wall
Angie_R, Jun 2019
Private Great Wall Fancier's Day Tour: 3 Sections of Great Wall Visiting
It is worth seeing the wall from three different points. You get plenty of time to walk around. It's also not as busy as Badaling. Mr Ma is lovely.
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
Susan_B, Apr 2019
Mutianyu Great Wall and Huanghuacheng Wild Great Wall One Day Private Tour
Kevin, our driver, arrived on time and was very friendly and professional. He helped us get our tickets for Mutianyu with the cable car and toboggan ride down (so much fun). As beautiful as Mutianyu was our favorite was the rugged and secluded Huanghuacheng. Kevin was very accommodating. We didn't feel rushed. Highly recommend!
star-4
Special Great Wall Experience
gayewaltn, Apr 2019
Mutianyu and Huanghuacheng Great Wall Private Tour with English Speaking Driver
Excellent tour - friendly english speaking driver who arrived at designated time and was extremely helpful. Huanghuacheng was a hidden treasure which was wonderful to explore.
star-5
Outstanding tour!
David B, Jun 2019
All-Inclusive Private Day Trip to Mutianyu and Huanghuacheng Water Great Wall
Everything about this tour was awesome. Each of the stops was unique and interesting, as well as fun! Jimmy was our guide and was a blast. He took great care of us and did a wonderful job of explaining everything to us. He was also a lot of fun. We took the ski lift up at Mutianyu and rode the toboggan down - incredibly fun and a big time saver! Huenghuatchyu was very private and serene and the lunch at the mountain top restaurant was fabulous! We highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the wall!
star-5
Fantastic Experience with Mark - Thank you!
Brandon E, May 2019
Sunrise Great Wall at Unrestored Huanghuacheng Section Private Half Day Tour
Mark was really friendly and nice. I was on a business trip to Beijing and had a few extra days, so I booked this tour for just myself. It was completely awesome and Mark gave me a chance to see one of the most incredible sites in China (and the world) at a very special time of day... He came directly to my hotel and was waiting for me in the lobby, we hopped in the car and made it with plenty of time to see the sunrise. It wasn't a big trek to the top of the wall where we could see the sunrise, and the weather was a bit hazy (as is normal for this area), but still absolutely a beautiful time of day. Do not hesitate to book with Mark, you won't regret it!!
star-5
I cannot rate James high enough. Our...
Clay, Mar 2017
All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour from Huanghuacheng Water Great Wall to Xishuiyu
I cannot rate James high enough. Our day today was outstanding! At the beginning of our trek, he asked my wife if she was afraid of heights. After a somewhat hesitant 'yes', he took her hand and helped her up and down the entire length of the wall. She couldn't have made the hike without his help. What a great place to go trekking. We were the only 3 people on the wall the entire day. Amazing views. James was delightful he's knowledgeable about the wall, trekking, China history and culture, and Chinese and American basketball! He never pushed us the hike was challenging for us if we were happy, he was happy. He is our new hero. We totally and completely recommend James. This is an experience we will never forget.
star-5
Excellent tour! Driver and tour guide...
Kyle B, Sep 2018
All Inclusive Private Hiking Tour from Huanghuacheng Water Great Wall to Xishuiyu
Excellent tour! Driver and tour guide Danny were were waiting for me right at the time they said they'd come pick me up. Since this was my first trip to China, Danny gave me one massive history lesson on the country, and it was actually very interesting! Learned more from him than I did in school. It was about a 2.5 hour drive from the hotel to the starting point, probably could've been a little quicker, but traffic happened, not a huge deal. Danny gave me the overall itinerary for the day, and it was spot on. Once we arrived at the starting point, this is your only real chance to use an actual restroom, so go! The first 1/3 of the hike was along restored wall, and I've got to say it's quite steep in some places. Definitely make sure you have good footing when walking. The remaining hike was on the original wall, and this is where the fun began. Much of it is straight-forward hiking, but there will be a little bit of climbing involved due to the condition of the wall. It was a perfect day weather-wise. Danny made sure there was plenty of water and provided some snacks along the way. You definitely want to wear long pants for this hike, and long sleeves would be recommended. It's not a simple hike, you'll want to make sure your somewhat in shape for it. All in all, I believe the hike was about 8km long, the perfect amount for me. I got to see what I wanted to see, the Great Wall settled in amongst the mountains and two reservoirs. It was an absolutely stunning hike. 10/10 would do again!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Huanghuacheng Great Wall is perfect for adventure travelers and those looking to escape the crowds.

  • Wear sturdy shoes, as parts of the wall are in a serious state of disrepair.

  • Pack a picnic lunch with you or grab lunch from one of the farmhouses in the area.

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How to Get There

This portion of the wall is located 43 miles (70 kilometers) outside of Beijing. Buses take visitors to the wall from Dongzhimen Public Transit Hub and Xuanwumen on weekends and holidays during the high season.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit this portion of the wall is between April and October. The best weather occurs in April, May, September, and October.

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Activities on Haoming Lake

A big draw to this portion of the wall is its location next to the clear waters of Haoming Lake. After climbing the wall, head down to the lake, where you can rent peddle or rowboats, or take a cruise by sightseeing boat or yacht.

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