Short Brief about Juyongguan Great Wall
Juyongguan Great Wall or also known as Juyongguan Pass is located in the Changping District of Beijing Municipality, over 50 kilometers from central Beijing. The pass is regarded as one of the three greatest mountain passes of the Great Wall of China. The other two are Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan (passes). Juyongguan Pass is located near from Badaling Great Wall has a present structures of the Ming Dynasty Wall with a total area of 33,500 square meters.
Juyongguan Great Wall
In total, Juyongguan Great Wall has two passes, one at the south and one at the north. The south one is called "Nan Pass" and the north one is called "Badaling". It lies in the midest of a 20 kilometer long gully; to the north is the important border city of Zhangjiakou and to the south lies Beijing.
Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, Juyongguan Pass has long been a military stronghold. In the history, Juyongguan Great Wall is a very important strategic place connecting the inner land and the area near the northern border of China.
Juyongguan Pass is also relatively quiet, less crowded with fewer visitors. It might be the best section of the Wall to go which located close from Beijing but also really nice, quite peaceful section to explore. For you who want avoid crowds along the highly popular Badaling section during holiday and peak season then Juyongguan Pass could be the option.
Cloud Platform of Juyongguan Great Wall
In the middle of the Juyongguan (pass) and Guangou Valley, there is the Cloud Platform gate, also known as the "Crossing Street Tower". It was built in 1342 during the Yuan Dynasty and made of white marble. Till now, it has more than 500 years of history.
The marble Cloud Platform is nearly 10 meters high, the bottom is 27 meters’ long from east to west and 15 meters wide from north to south. It is one of the most important attractions in Juyongguan which remains its original Yuan design.
Visitors could enjoy the carvings of Buddhist figures and symbols right on the platform. There also written in six languages and scripts of Buddhist texts.
Juyongguan Travel Tips
Open Time: Daily, 8:30 am - 17:00 pm
High Season: from April 1 to October 31 for CNY 45
Low Season: from November 1 to March 31 for CNY 40
Per child: 25 CNY
Besides its strategic significance, Juyongguan Great Wall was also famous for its charming scenery. Come to Juyongguan Great Wall will also not complete if you not explore the famous Cloud Platform. Have fun!