Huanghuacheng Great Wall
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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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.
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.
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.
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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