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JianKou Great Wall

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The JianKou Great Wall is regarded by some people as the most picturesque section of the Great Wall and is a good example of the 'Wild Great Wall'. The main section of the JianKou Great Wall is built along a mountain ridge with steep cliffs on each side. Therefore, climbing the wall here needs a certain level of fitness and great care. It is located in the mountain ridge of Xizhazi Village, Huairou County in Beijing.

The Jiankou Great Wall was an important section of the wall in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Owing to the need for renovation, the wall is regarded as one of the most dangerous sections of the Ming wall. It connects to the Mutianyu Great Wall in the east and joins the Huanghuacheng Great Wall in the west. From east to north, the wall zigzags 9.3 miles from 'The Ox Horn Edge Wall' to 'The Nine-Eye Tower' via 'The Beijing Knot'. Compared with the Mutianyu Great Wall, the mountain is higher and steeper, while compared with the Simatai Great Wall, it is more winding and varied. It was built from local material - dolomite. The large pieces of white rock make the wall striking to the eye at a distance.

There are many famous sections of the Jiankou Great Wall, such as 'The Nine-Eye Tower', an important command post during the ancient wars. It has three layers, and there are nine holes which look like nine eyes on each side. 'The Beijing Knot' is the meeting point for three walls coming from different directions. 'The Sky Stair', is a precipitous stair whose angle of elevation is 70 to 80 degrees. It leads to 'The Eagle Flies Facing Upward', a watch tower built on the lofty peaks. It is so dangerous that even eagles have to fly facing upward to reach the top. 'Zhengbei Tower' is the right place to appreciate the beauty of sunrise and sunset.

Some sections of the wall are seriously damaged, so you must watch your step. It is better to go in a group. The local dish of rainbow trout is very famous. Pheasant dish is also a good choice. Near the wall, the 'Zhao's Hostel' is a nice place to spend the night.

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