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- - impressions from the magnificent Huangya pass - -
- - and its great wall and fortress - -
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- like a mighty dragon high upon the slopes of the Huangya Pass -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)




About 120 kilometers to the north of Tianjin is another magnificent section of wall which I consider even better than the "tourist" sections near Beijing.

Here at the Huangya Pass, a section of more than 3 kilometers has been repaired, and since this pass is a little bit far away from everything, the obvious advantage for the serious traveler is that it is not yet overcrowded by tourist groups.
In fact you can have it all to yourself, and it is truly overwhelming with a fantastic scenery of craggy peaks and sheer cliffs, and in the middle of this magnificent scenery is the wall, winding itself along the ridge like a dragon, protecting the pass from any intruder.
As the saying goes: "If one man guards the pass, ten thousand are unable to get through."
Of course this is quite optimistic, but when actually standing on the wall, with its huge towers and strong fortifications, this saying suddenly makes a lot of sense!

The wall at the Huangya Pass was constructed in year 557.  It was later repaired during the Ming dynasty,- and again in 1985, and is now standing there in all its former glory, as a witness to more than 1400 years of history.

When visiting the Great Wall at Huangyaguan, you are very near another great attraction,- the  Dule temple -, another national treasure, being the oldest tall wooden structure in China, originally from the Tang dynasty, but rebuilt again for more than 1000 years ago,- and it is still standing!

But now,- please enjoy my impression from a trip to the Great Wall at the Huangya Pass.
 
 


The Great Wall
- and the fortress at the bottom of the Huangya Pass
(Photography by karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- street vendor offering her goods in front og the fortress wall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- inner parts of the fortificvations at the Huangya Pass -
(Photography by karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- on the wall around the fortress at the Huangya Pass -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- a look from the fortress wall into the fortress at the Huangya Pass -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- the most impressive building inside the fortress -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- a look up the massive wall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- and a look at some more modest, - but beautiful -, architecture within the wall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- and now, - a trip on the wall at the Huangya Pass -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- up the Huangyaguan wall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


View From the Great Wall at Huangyaguan -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- here at the top of the wall,- 735 meters above sea level -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


View from the top of the Guangyaguan wall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


The Great Wall

Another view from the top, where you can see a round tower to the left, - the "Phoenix" tower -, on the hilltop overlooking the Huangya Pass deep down below - - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- the interior of one of the many watch towers on the wall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- a view through one of the openings in a watch tower -
(Photography by Karsten petersen)
 
 
 
 


The Great Wall

Here a look down towards the "Phoenix Tower",- the biggest of all free standing  watch towers along the entire Great wall.
Take note of the perfect position, where a great section of the Guangya Pass below can be watched - - -
No army can pass here unnoticed - - -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 
 


The "Phoenix Tower"
- the biggest watch tower of the Great wall -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


The Great Wall
- down again, -and good-bye to China's Great Wall at Huangyaguan -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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Updated:  May 20. 2003
               Nov. 23rd. 2004
               Sept.04.2006