Travel tips: how to get to Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng Great Wall is picturesque, much quieter, much less developed and less known than other sections in Beijing. It is one of the best sections to explore. The ancient Wall is about 10.8 km (6.7 miles) long and combine with a summer resort, mountains and lakes. You could easily spend a whole day here.

Getting to huanghuacheng is a little difficult as there is no direct bus that goes here from Beijing, but still this is the place for you if you like beautiful scenery, mountains, lakes and peacefulness of it.

Looking for a cheap, reliable car hire service? Check out our Great Wall car rental service page; Car hire to Great Wall from Beijing.


By Bus

How to get to Huanghuacheng Great Wall by bus? Catch 916 Express bus at the Dongzhimen bus transfer depot in Beijing stop and get off at Nanhuayuansanqu. 916 Express is at North Bus Platform of Dongzhimen bus transfer. It takes a little more than an hour from Dongzhimen to Huairou and it costs 4.4RMB by using Beijing IC Card/ commuter pass. From Nanhuayuansanqu bus stop go forward about 100 meters (110 yards) you will see the traffic light then cross the street and turn right to get to Huairou Dishui bus stop.

The bus stop is in front of the pubic toilet (white building) which is next to Huairou Local Tax Bureau Building. Then take the local bus that runs between Huairou and Shui changcheng (Water Great Wall). The local bus with the sign written only in Chinese saying it runs between Huairou and Water Great Wall. It takes more or less one hour to reach Huanghuacheng (The last stop). The bus ticket costs 3.2RMB by using Beijing commuter pass.



Where is 916 Express bus station in Beijing?

916 Expressbus station is at the North Bus Platform which is inside the bus transfer depot of Dongzhimen. The bus transfer depot is just outside of exit B of Dongzhimen Line 2 subway staion. There are signs, in English, throughout the subway station pointing you toward the bus transfer depot and exit B. Most of the buses are inside bus transfer depot in a massive building.


Two hiking routes to choose from- the western one and the eastern one.

Eastern hiking route: The route is mainly on the Wall itself. In some parts it is very steep and quite shattered. Take the eastern hiking route by crossing the river on the damn. Ascend the hill and climb up onto the Wall with a ladder. The route is breathtaking including the winding Wall through the steep mountains and the lake by the damn. It is so called: “Walking the dragon’s back as it dives and emerges from the lake”.

After winding up and down with the Wall, through steps and watchtowers, at a certain point you go down a steep slope to the bottom of a creek. It may take you one hour to cover 200 meters as this is an extremely steep descent with exceptionally narrow shattered steps. Look eastward you will see the deteriorating Wall meandering up the 1500 meter high mountain. If you have strength, time and gear to camp, you may want to spend two days on attempting this climb.




Western hiking route: The initial hike up to the watchtowers is quite strenuous but the view is definitely worth it. Take the western one by walking through an unmarked trail through the pastoral chestnut, walnut, apricot and vegetable patches to a really steep sections. Make sure you wear good walking/hiking shoes and bring a camera, lots of water (especially in summer when it’s in hotter conditions). This kind of ‘wild’ bit of the Wall is best done via a tour, or hiring a car. If you are adventurous, you do it by public transport. In my opinion, how you actually do it probably depends on your budget.



Hiring Private Car to the Great Wall

Hiring a private car for excursions outside the city a good choice if you are not travelling on budget and want to avoid the crowded people and traffic. If you are travelling with 3 or 4 friends, this way is much more cost-efficient. We offer a single online destination to service all of your rental car needs including round trip rental cars, one-way rental cars, airport rental cars and off-airport rental cars.Your rental car with a licensed driver will help you get the most out of your holiday!

Vehicle (Car, Van, Coach) Rental Rates (RMB)

Options Airport-pickup/ drop off Mutianyu+Ming Tombs  Longqing Gorge Badaling OR Huanghuacheng Mutianyu Great Wall  Mutianyu+Summer Palace Simatai OR Jinshanling 
4 seats Hyundai/Camry
300 790 890 750 690 790 990
6 seats Refine/Buick 350 950 1090 890 890 950 1290
14 seats Ford Transit
550 1490 1490 1390 1390 1490 1790
18 seats Joylong 750  1890  1790  1690 1690 1890 2090

Vehicle (Car, Van, Coach) Rental Rates (RMB)

Options Tiananmen, Forbidden City
Airport pick up Mutianyu
airport drop off
Airport pick up / drop off
Mutianyu & city sites

Loingqing Gorge & Badaling

Shilinxia (Glass Platform) Eastern Qing Tombs Cuandixia Village
4 seats Hyundai/Camry
790 850 1190 950 950 990 990
6 seats Buick Mini Van 990 1050 1390 1140 1150 1290 1190
14 seats Ford Transit
1290 1490 1590 1590 1390 1490 1690
18 seats Joylong 1790 1890 1890 1890 1690 1890 1890

All Prices shown are in RMB (Chinese Yuan) unless otherwise stated. Driver’s working time is 9 hours daily. The extra cost is 100RMB per hour.

The cost includes:
  • City accommodation pick up / drop off,
  • Non-English / Chinese speaking driver
  • Quality vehicle with A/C
  • Transportation fees
  • Parking fees, gasoline, toll fees
The cost doesn’t include
  • entrance fees to the sites
  • single journey of chairlift / toboggan / cable car (optional)
  • round trip of chairlift / toboggan / cable car (optional)
  • Meal and tips
Weekend Special!

Enjoy weekend rate of 600RMB for a four-seater air-conditioning car to visit the splendid Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing. Explore the spectacular Mutianyu on an intimate, private car trip. Recommended length of visit: 2-4 hours. Check out Mutianyu travel guide for more tips.

The cost includes:
  • City accommodation pick up / drop off,
  • Non-English / Chinese speaking driver
  • Quality vehicle with A/C
  • Transportation fees
  • Parking fees, gasoline, toll fees
The cost doesn’t include
  • Airport (hotel) pick up / drop off
  • 60RMB p.p entrance fees to Mutianyu
  • 100RMB p.p for single journey of chairlift / toboggan / cable car (optional)
  • 120RMB p.p for round trip of chairlift / toboggan / cable car (optional)
  • Meal and tips
Price Promises:
  • No factory / shopping stop
  • No hidden costs
  • Quality time on attractions
  • Honest prices, no surprise

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2 Responses to “Travel tips: how to get to Huanghuacheng Great Wall”

  1. Kilian Murphy

    Hello, my friend and I are planning on taking the express bus 916 to Nanhuayuansanqu and from there taking the bus from Huairou to Shoichangcheng (water great wall).

    What is the best way to get back to Beijing?

    • Ricky

      Hi, Kilian, as there’s no direct bus from Huanghuahcheng Great Wall to Beijing, so the best option is:

      1: take a bus No. 936 (branch) at Xishuiyu (Shuichangcheng) station, then get off at Huairou shichangcun zhan station (21stops along the way).
      2: cross the street then take a bus No. 936 or No 867 back to Beijing (Dongzhimen station).

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