How to get to Hefangkou Great Wall

Hefangkou Great Wall is located at Hefangkou village, Huairou county, about 75km (46miles) away northeastern of Beijing. Hefangkou is quiet, easily accessible, yet it attracts far less visitors than Badaling Great Wall. It’s a ideal site for hiking and short excursions. Originally built during the North Qi Dynasty (550-577), most of the Walls were rebuilt during the Jiaqing reign of the Ming dynasty. It’s about 20km (13miles) in length with 23 watchtowers. Hefangkou is famous for its jagged cliffs and steep drop-offs. This kind of ‘wild’ bit of the Wall is best done via a tour, or hiring a vehicle. If you are adventurous, you do it by public transport. In my opinion, how you actually do it probably depends on your budget.

By Car

Hiring a private car getting to Hefangkou is a good choice if your budget is not tight and want to avoid the crowds and traffic. If you are travelling with 3 or 4 people, this way is really good value for your money.

By Bus

Alternatively, Bus 936 is a good option to visit Hefangkou Great Wall. Bus 936 from Dongzhimen Outer that runs daily between 7:00am-19:00pm is the fastest, most direct way to reach Hefangkou by bus so far. It takes around 2 hrs or 2.5 hrs from Dongzhimen Outer to Hefangkou and it costs around 4.8RMB by using Beijing IC Card/commuter pass and the full price is around 14RMB. Be sure to get off at Qinglongxiadaokou bus station where you can walk to Hefangkou.

Where is the 936 bus station in Beijing?

How to get by bus to 936 Hefangkou , Great Wall hiking, camping936 bus station is on the outside bus transfer depot at Dongzhimen Outer, which is also next to Mutianyu 867 bus station. The bus transfer depot is just outside of exit B of Dongzhimen Line 2 subway staion. There are signs, in English, throughout the subway station pointing you toward the bus transfer depot and exit B. Most of the buses are inside bus transfer depot in a massive building. 

While 936 bus station is on the outside bus transfer depot and a little bit difficult to find. The easiest way to find it is to go to the main entrance of Dongzhimen Outer bus transfer depot then walk anticlock wise around the block until you get to the another bus station. Luckily, you can get there from Dongzhimen subway station within 20 minutes on foot.

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Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide 

Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

936 bus sign

 

Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

Hefangkou Great Wall is largely restored, but less crowded.

 

 Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

 

Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

Telegraph poles on the Wall

 

Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

The watchtower is in a good condition.

 

Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

Miss Zhang seels water and cucumber at Hefangkou, she told me some interesting stories of Hefangkou Great Wall, What a change!

 

Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

The trail towards Hefangkou Great Wall.

 

Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

The trail towards Hefangkou is near the guesthouse.

 

 Hefangkou Great Wall, Simatai, Jinshanlingl hiking ,camping guide

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