Jiankou Great Wall

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Jiankou (Arrow Nock) Great Wall has perhaps the most frequent appearance on picture books and post cards of the Great Wall. As one of the most dangerous sections of the Great Wall, Jiankou Great Wall is also a photographic hotspot. It is higher and steeper than Mutianyu Great Wall, more winding and varied than Simatai Great Wall.

Jiankou Great Wall is considered to be a "wild" section of the Great Wall, due to its disrepair and its location along a mountain ridge with steep cliffs on each side, which makes it only recommended for experienced hikers.


The Great Wall at Jiankou retains its original appearance since its construction in 1368. It is wild and uniquely made of large white rocks, and has been out of repair for many years. Jiankou Great Wall is an ideal place for adventurous and experienced hikers and photographers.

Wildness: "Sky Stairs" go practically straight up, and they are so narrow that it is barely impossible to obtain a foothold. Another must-see site is an enemy observation tower built on the highest section of Jiankou Great Wall. It was named "The Eagles Flies Facing Upward", because when an eagle flies there, it can only do so facing upwards before reaching the top of the tower.

Dimensions: The Great Wall at Jiankou stretches about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) long. The wall was built with large pieces of dolomite, which make a striking scene at a distance.

Scenery: Tourists standing on the top of Jiankou Great Wall will always experience different scenes in all directions regardless of seasons. What is the best time to visit the Great Wall?

History: Jiankou Great Wall was built in 1368 during the period of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).

Travel Essentials

When to go

The scenery of the Great Wall varies with the seasons and each season has its pros and cons. Click here for what you can expect on the Great Wall near Beijing.


Jiankou is located about 95 kilometers (59 miles) or 2 hours drive from Central Beijing. It connects Mutianyu Great Wall to the east, and Huanghuacheng Great Wall to the west. China Highlights use high-quality air-conditioned private transport to take the hassle out of getting to the wall.

What to Wear

Dress for hiking and dress for the weather. Choose comfortable footwear with good grip and support for the feet. Layers of clothes that can be taken on and off allow for greater comfort and temperature control.

Wear/bring sun protection in the summer and dress for sub zero temperatures in the winter. It can feel much colder on the wall than down in the valleys because of altitude and exposure.

What to Bring

Bring breathable waterproofs for protection from rain and wind. Umbrellas may be used here as the ascents and descents are not difficult, but may be inconvenient in strong winds. Bring a camera and money for souvenirs and refreshments. Bring snacks and water if you want to walk a long portion of the wall.

Walking Conditions

The Great Wall at Jiankou is a dangerous section to climb, due to its disrepair and desolate location bordering steep cliffs. Besides, there is not any cable car or climbing aid facilities at Jiankou Great Wall. Therefore, Jiankou Great Wall is recommended only for experienced hikers. Hikers should climb with companions, and should avoid climbing under bad weather conditions, such as rain and thunderstorms.

Recommended tour: 1-Day Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Tour

Nearby Attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Huanghuacheng Great Wall

If you want to see more of the Great Wall near Beijing, see here for a list of the sections.

There are also many attractions to see in Beijing City.

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