The Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass lies in a 15-kilometre-long valley, and on its sides there are mountains covered in lush vegetation. The scenery there is so beautiful that it was already listed as one of the Eight Greatest Sights of Yanjing (now Beijing) and was called “the Rippling Jade at Juyongguan”.

Juyongguan Pass is the northern door to Beijing; in the centre of the Pass there is a delicately sculpted platform called the Cloud Terrace. It is made of white Chinese Jade and is still well-preserved. In the Yuan Dynasty, there were three stone towers on the terrace. They were destroyed at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty. Afterwards, a temple was built there but was burnt down during the rein of Kangxi of Qing. Now only the Cloud Terrace has survived. The carvings on the Cloud Terrace are concentrated on the vaulted doors and holes. Among the carving there are the figures of the Four Heavenly Kings, Buddhist scriptures in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Mongolian, Uyghur, Tangut and Chinese, relief of various animals including the Golden-winged Bird King, as well as the carvings of mandragora and many Buddhist statuettes. All of them are vivid and beautiful.

The part of the City of Juyongguan Pass that has survived was built in AD 1368 and was frequently repaired. It is over 4,000 metres long in perimeter. In the city there are government buildings, temple and educational institutions of the old times.

With the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the City of Juyongguan Pass fell into decay. In 1992 it was underwent a thorough renovation as a cultural relic under official protection, and the City regained its magnificence from the old days.

The Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass Attractions

The Town God Temple

The Temple of Guan Yu

The Cloud Terrace

The Horse God Temple

The Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass Story

1.The origin of the name “Juyongguan”

It is said that when Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, ordered to build the Great Wall, the prisoners, soldiers and those who were forced to enlist in the construction of the wall were all kept in this place. “Ju” means “to live”, “yong” means “commoners”, and “guan” means “pass”. So the name means “the place where the commoners live”. Hence the name Juyongguan Pass.


Entrance ticket: RMB 35 in the low seasonRMB 40 in the high season

Ticket for children: Free of charge for children below 1.2 metres

How to get to Juyongguan

By bus

Y-1, Y-2, Y-3, Y-4, Y-5, 919, get off at Juyongguan Station

By car

Get onto Badaling Expressway from Madian Bridge and drive to Juyongguan Exit.

Jack Li

1 Response » to “The Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass”

  1. Mar Ch says:

    Very Nice Article , Thx :)

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