On the second day of CUFE group’s getting-to-know-you tour: a backbreaking climb through the steep flights of the Great Wall of China’s Juyong Pass north side, The Badaling –and back. More of the uphill battle on my next post!
As a famous ancient pass of the Great Wall in north Beijing, Juyongguan (Juyong Pass) is a national priority protected site proclaimed in 1961, and an important part of the Great Wall which was inscribed on the World Heritage List of 1987.
Lying in the Jundu Mountains, the ending section of the Taihang Mountains, the valley where Juyongguan stands is strategically located and difficult to access. In days as early as Spring, Autumn and the Warring States Periods, the Yan State kept it as a guarded passage called the Juyong Stronghold. During the Han Dynasty, the Juyong Pass as a border town, grew into a considerable size. The Pass as we see today was planned by General Xu Da and Chang Yuchun, his second-in-command and was completed in the first year of Hongwu’s reign in the Ming Dynasty and the years that followed, it was renovated repeatedly. The walls of the Pass reach more than 4,000 meters long and is complete with barbican entrances, gate towers, and watchtowers. Lying beyond the Pass are also offices, temples, Confucian schools and other supplementary buildings. (Prepared under the supervision of Beijing Tourism Administration)