Jiumenkou Great Wall by Catherine


As everyone already know before, Great Wall has separated into some different sections of it, depend with its characteristic, location and function. Among all of those sections, there is Jiumenkou Great Wall which was first built in Northern Qi Dynasty (479 - 502) and was an important military pass over a long period of time. For you who interest to know about the characteristic about this section of Great Wall, read the details below.

Introduction about Jiumenkou Great Wall
Jiumenkou Great WallWhole Overlook of Jiumenkou Great Wall

Jiumenkou (Entrance to Nine Gates) Great Wall is located in Suizhong County in Huludao, is the eastern portion of the Jizhen Great Wall from the Ming Dynasty. This section of Great Wall located 15 kilometers to the north of Shanhaiguan Pass and have a nicknamed called the "first pass east to Beijing". This Great Wall section was originally built during Northern Qi period then during the Hongwu period of the Ming Dynasty, it expanded under the supervision of General Xu Da.

Construction of Jiumenkou Great Wall
Jiumenkou Great WallThe 110-meter-long bridge on Jiujiang River

Jiumenkou Great Wall consist a total of sixteen watch towers and one beacon tower. The Great Wall extends 1,704 meters from north to south and the Jiujiang River runs beneath it. This river is about 100 meters wide, over which this section of the wall was built, as a bridge with nine arches. Because of that, Jiumenkou Great Wall has known as the 'Great Wall on water', the only Great Wall that was partially built over water.

The 110-meter-long bridge on Jiujiang River is a representative for the fame of the Great Wall on the water. Tourists also can see two walled fortresses at each end of the bridge as well as the Jiumenkou tunnel, another impressive feature which built during the Ming Dynasty.
The walls spanned the mountainous terrains and hugged the area's numerous peaks and valleys. Because of its harmonious relationships between architecture and nature, in 2002, Jiumenkou Great Wall was listed to the World Cultural Heritage.

The best time to visit Jiumenkou Great Wall is from May to Oct and it is extremely cold in the rest of the year. The admission ticket costs 90 RMB (All Inclusive Ticket, including Great Wall Tunnel and Rare Birds Park).

How to Get Jiumenkou Great Wall
By Bus:
In the high season, there are buses from Shanhaiguan Pass to Jiumenkou, but during the off-season, tourists can rent a car instead.
By Train:
Take a train to Shanhaiguan, get off at Shanhanguan Railway Station, then go to Jiumenkou by taxi. The taxi fare is about 20 RMB.

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