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Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Beijing

The Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall is located in Huairou District, about 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) from Beijing. It was so named for the abundant yellow flowers (in Chinese: Huang Hua) that bloom in midsummer. It is also known as the Great Wall under the Water, because three separate sections of the wall are submerged in the Xishuiyu Reservoir. It is famous for its harmonious mixture of the splendid wall, an awesome mountain and a great wide swath of water. This resort attracts the discerning visitor who wants to gad around off the beaten track.

Built during the reign of Emperor Yongle (1404-1592) during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the wall was a military fortress defending the capital as well as imperial tomb cluster, the Ming Tombs. According to legend, General Cai Kai took charge of the construction of this section, but was beheaded in a frame-up for jerry-rigging the construction. When the emperor later found the wall was truly firm, a tomb and tablet was made for him as atonement. The wall is approximately 14 kilometers (15 yards) long, snaking over the mountain ridge or ducking in and out of the water, a singularly wonderful landscape.

How did the ancient workers build such a grand wall underwater? This feat is not the work of the ancients, but a modern marvel. In 1974, China built the Xishuiyu Reservoir and the water level rose; consequently, some low-lying sections were inundated. Seen from the dam of the reservoir, the stately sunken wall is still visible.

The chestnut trees along the wall tell stories of the lives of their planters, who guarded the wall. These trees are over 500 years old and cover an area of 16.5 acres. Even though many years have passed, these trees still flourish. When summer comes, yellow flowers bloom and cover the broken wall with sudden, exhilarating life.

Admission Fee:
CNY 34
Opening Hours:
08:00-17:00 (weekdays)
07:30-17:30 (weekends)
Bus Route:
916 (Dongzhimenwai-Huairou Nandajie) (东直门外-怀柔南大街), then change a small bus to Xishuiyu (西水峪), and then you could arrive at the Huanghuacheng Great Wall (黄花城长城).
Take a tourist bus from Tiananmen (天安门) or Xuanwumen (宣武门). (available on weekends and Chinese legal holidays from April 7 to October 15)

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Comments and Questions

Does the touristic bus to Huanghuacheng run on 5th December? it is a satuday.We would like to arrive with public transportation, how long do you think it can take? Is it difficult to come back to Beijing?Thanks,Sara

Reply11/30/2015 10:00:27 AMsara,   Spain

Lina :11/30/2015 10:06:45 PM

I'm afraid not. The tourist bus is only in service between Apr. and early Nov. on weekends and publc holidays. In addition, it now leaves from Dongzhimen Bus Hub.

So you need to go with other transportation:
take bus no. 942 Express line from Dongzhimen and get off at Qiaozi. Then transfer to line H21 to Xiaoxihu. After that, walk around 8min to the wall. The whole way may take around 3h. To get back, it is best to take a taxi or hire a private car and it costs CNY300 or around.

Huang Hua Cheng section is open ? Since I heard that is close to the public. its ok to go with kids or the hiking is to tough

Reply4/15/2013 5:30:25 AMAndrea

Rita :4/15/2013 7:48:16 PM

yes, it is open, and it is ok to go with kids.