Huanghuacheng Great Wall has long stood out among the Great Wall for its uniqueness and rare beauty. Moreover, Huanghuacheng has long been the most frequent subject of photography lovers.
The Huanghuacheng (Yellow Flower City) section of the Great Wall is located in Huairou District, about 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) from Beijing. It is almost 11 kilometers long and joins with Mutianyu Great Wall in the east, and JuyongguanPass and Badaling in the west.
Huanghuacheng Great Wall provides a challenge as it has no stone steps or no single smooth path like the ones found at Badaling and other sections of the Great Wall. Huanghuacheng is named for the sea of yellow wildflowers that bloom in the late spring and early summer, giving sudden exhilarating life to this aged portion of the Wall – Huanghua in Chinese means yellow flower. It is very special – part of the Wall is underwater! Seen from the dam of the reservoir, the stately sunken wall is still visible under the water’s smooth surface. You will also see some of the ancient structures as you hike along.
Huanghuacheng Great Wall is the latest section to become popular with hikers. It’s truly a wonderful place for a Great Wall hiking. Four things to do at Huanghuacheng Great Wall are highly recommended. First, take as many beautiful pictures as you like. There are numerous landscapes rarely seen in the world on offer. For example, the lake breaks this section of the Great Wall into three segments, which is the frequent subject of photography. Besides the Huanghuacheng Reservoir lies here, shaped like a curved moon. Second, go visit the chestnut garden beneath the Great Wall, dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The ancient chestnut trees
The entire section of wall comprises of six forts, six passes, twelve beacon-towers, and thirty-two guard towers. Among them, Yaoziyu Fort is the best preserved. Covering an area of 7,000 square meters, it was built in 1592. There is a scholar tree standing in the castle courtyard that was planted in that same year.
The steepest section of Huanghuacheng Great Wall is known as Shibadeng , and requires special care when climbing, especially after rain.