How to get to Jiankou from Beijing in 2018?

2018-02-10   Leo Kui   ,    14

Where is Jiankou?

Jiankou Great Wall is a wild Great Wall which is not rebuilt and run by the government as a tourist sight. This sections of the Great Wall means the wall around the Xizhazi village. This village is located 38kms northwest of Huairou district (100kms away from downtown Beijing). It is a super beautiful village! This village has 300+ years of history. It is surrounded by mountains from 3 directions and the Great Wall goes from east, south, and west on the top of the mountain. (alt 615 meters).

Why you choose Jiankou Great Wall?

This wild section is good for people who like adventure and very fit to visit. It is a great place for the photographer and people wand escape the crowd from Beijing. Some of the places are super hard to hike.

The famous hike route is called Jiankou to Mutianyu. If you start from Beijing Knot (北京结)to Mutianyu (慕田峪)it is over 17kms hike, with the mountains it equals 30kms walk. If you really plan do a tough hike, you should know this before.

The most classic hiking route is a 4 hours hike from Zhengbeilou (正北楼) to Mutianyu Great Wall (慕田峪). For this hike, you can enjoy the wild section and also enjoy the rebuilt Mutianyu Great Wall. The hike is doable for most people and can finish in 1 day which is great for people who have limited time.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike is a very famous hiking route from which you can enjoy the amazing wild Jiankou view and the rebuilt Mutianyu Great Wall. Even take the toboggan down from Mutianyu. This hike is about 12kmswhichis good for people who like climb Mountains and exercise. If you want to hike Jiankou, you should get to Xizhazi village 2 DUI or called Nanjili Cun (西栅子村2队, 南吉利).

How to get to Jiankou from Beijing

1.Taxi to Jiankou

As it is very far away from Beijing in a remote village, it is very hard to get there. It is about 2 hours drive by car from Beijing.【 Book a private transfer to Jiankou or a Jiankou Great Wall hiking tour 】. If you want to hike the Great Wall by the public transfer, this is what you are looking for.

2. Public bus to Jiankou

I hiked the Jiankou by public bus last August, it is not difficult to do it on your own in 1 day. There are only 1 bus H25 can go to Xizhazi village every day which ends at Group 5 from Huairou Yujiayuan bus station. (11:30 am ). Well, this bus schedule 4 pm as well, it is obvious you can only take the bus at 11:30 am to make the hike. So wake up early in the morning and get the bus on time. 

Overview:

1. Take 916 Express (916快)from Dongzhimen bus Hub (东直门公交枢纽)to Yangjiayuan(杨家园)
2. Walk 900meters to Yujiayuan station. (于家园)
3. Take H25 to Xizhazi village
4. Get off the bus from Group 3
5. Walk 10 minutes to Group 2 (Nanjing 南吉利)
6. Enjoy the 4 hours hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu

The cost of the trip:

916bus to Yangjiayuan(杨家园站).…12RMB
H25 to Xizhazi village 3dui(西栅子村3队) …8RMB.
If you have a Beijing yikatong (metro card 公交卡) ,you can enjoy 50% discount on the transfer which is only 10RMB.

1. Take 916 Express (916快)from Dongzhimen bus Hub (东直门公交枢纽)to Yangjiayuan(杨家园)

From Dongzhimen Bus Hub(东直门公交枢纽) to Yangjiayuan station (杨家园).got to Dongzhimen station about 8 am( if you run late, you may miss the bus). There are very clear signs guide you from the subway station to the bus station. Just follow the signs to Bus Transfer Hall. The 916 Express (916 快)runs every 5 minutes from 5:50 am to 7:50 pm.   It takes about 1 hour to get to Yangjiayuan station(杨家园). There are a lot of tourists get off from Huairoubeidajie(怀柔北大街), because they want to visit Mutianyu Great Wall. Yangjiayuan(杨家园) is the next station.

2. Walk 900meters to Yujiayuan station. (于家园)

After getting off at Yangjiayuan station from 916express. Just walk 10 minutes to get to Yujiayuan station. Follow the map.
Yujiayuan is a big bus station where you will find a lot of people wait for the bus.

3. Take H25 to Xizhazi village

The biggest problem for travelers is I didn’t find the station board for H25 in this station. I was a bit nervous. A few drivers come to me offer the private taxi to Xizhazi with 120RMB. I choose to wait, if there is no bus come, I may use the taxi. Fortunately, I waited till 11:30 am, the bus comes very on time. (The station board may be taken away by these taxi drivers, haha, it happens a lot when you travel! The bus was big, clean, AC and not crowded at all.

4. Get off the bus from Group 3

It took me about 1 hour to get to Xizhazi village. When I find the bus get to this wood gate the village is nearby. Tell the bus conductor you want to get off from Group 3 (3). 

5. Walk 10 minutes to Group 2 (Nanjili 南吉利)

After get off from Group 3, walk 150meters to get the branch way from the right picture.

6. Enjoy the 4 hours hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu

The road in this village was rebuilt this year. There is only 1 main road leading up to the wall. 1 hour later I got to Zhengbeilou tower (正北楼). You can walk down from the wall almost from all the gate open to your right hand. If you get tired you can choose to take the cable car on Tower 14(Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt, the use numbers to name the tower. There are 23 towers in this sections). If you like to do the toboggan, you should walk to tower 6 and buy the tickets. (Cable car and toboggan tickets are both 100RMB )

7. Walk down from Mutianyu Great Wall (3 ways)

1. Take the cable car at tower 14
This is the fastest way to go down. Cable car station is at tower 14. The ticket price is 100RMB per person.
2. Take the toboggan tower 6
It is about 1-hour walk from tower 20 to tower 6. The toboggan is very interesting.
3. Walk down
There are many paths leading down from the wall. The first 1 you will see is after tower 12. If you don’t clear with the number of the towers. You can find any way on your right side and walk down. It all leading down to the entrance.

Mutianyu Great Wall Map

8. Take the shuttle bus to the main gate.

9. Find H23 bus back to Huairou Beidajie station, and take 916express back to downtown Beijing.

FAQS:

1. How do I know the right station to get off the bus?

One: There is station broadcast on the bus, so you can hear the station. Yangjiayuan station(杨家园).
Two: There are a lot of tourists take the same bus to Mutianyu Great Wall. But they will get off from Huairou Beijdajie(怀柔北大街). Yangjiayuan station(杨家园站) is the next station.
Three: Show the bus conductor the name in Chinese. He normally will tell you when you arrive the statin.
Four: This is the picture of the station.

2. Which station should we get off from H25? If we don’t speak Chinese what should we do?

You should get off from 3dui(3队)
The bus normally takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to Xizhazi.
Show the conductor this:西栅子村3队.
Or show them this picture and they understand where you want to go.
You also need to pay attention to the road when you almost arrival

Related post:

How to hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall on your own!

14 Comments so far

LukasPosted on7:14 pm - Jul 18, 2018

Hello,
I was going to at Xizhazi 2 group village on July 18 however there watchman of nature doesn’t allow me to entrance on trek into the wall because he said the trek was closed for heavy rain yesterday.
Also, the H25 bus didn’t come at Yujiayuan station until 11:30. And I have been to wait until 12:00 too the bus was nothing to come. I decided to take private taxi that ride to Xizhazi 2 group village. Surprise, watchman told me and the driver that this trek is closed because ground was so much water to run into down. Is true closed? Or no?
I thought maybe driver and watchman trick me because they would like to make so much money. I don’t understand at moment on day.

    Leo KuiPosted on12:30 pm - Jul 19, 2018

    The bus, as well as this section of the wall, closed because of the rain. It was super dangerous to climb during the heavy rain.
    After the rainy season, the bus and the wall will reopen.

AnnePosted on8:37 pm - Jul 21, 2018

Hello, we would like to do it the same way you described it. Just read the comment about closing. So does it mean it is still closed right now? We would like to go tomorrow.Thanks for your answer. Your blog is very helpful.

IngridPosted on11:47 pm - Aug 1, 2018

Hi there, is the way to JIankou still blocked by the government?

Ingrid VolbertPosted on12:40 am - Aug 6, 2018

Hi Leo, I was wondering, it is easy to find a place to stay in Xizhazi village 2 ? Thanks in advance ! Have a good day

DanielPosted on8:30 pm - Aug 7, 2018

What is the earliest possibility in the morning for going back from Jiankou to Beijing using public Transport? Thanks

Anthony ReyPosted on10:00 pm - Aug 10, 2018

Hi Leo,
How often does the H23 run in the afternoon/evening toward Huairou Beidajie station? Thanks!

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