The View From the Beginning of the Great Wall of China

Laolongtou-Where the Great Wall of China Meets the Sea

Shanhaiguan, pronounced as shan-hoi- gwan, literally means “The Pass of Mountain and Sea”. Shanhaiguan is one of the major passes in the Great Wall of China. Laolongtou or “The Old Dragon’s Head” is part of the Shanhaiguan Great Wall of China. It is where the Great Wall ends to the East and leads into the Bohai Sea.

Laolongtou is located in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. It is nearly 300 kilometres east of Beijing. The original wall was built during the Ming Dynasty which flourished from 1368 to 1644.

The wall is fully reconstructed, extending about 20 meters into the sea, like a dragon drinking water. There’s not much hiking to do at Laolongtou, but you can walk on the beach by the wall at a leisurely pace, with some fresh air, sea breeze and ocean vistas.

It’s striking to see just how drastically different the Great Wall looks–the spectacle of the Great Wall meeting the sea

There are 4 ways to get from Beijing to Shanhaiguan by train, bus, taxi and car. Taking the train from Beijing to Shanhaiguan Station is the fastest and cheapest option by far, and takes approx 2h 37m.

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