Top things to do in Shānhǎiguān

Top Choice Walls in Shānhǎiguān

Jiǎo Shān Great Wall

Although a heavily restored section of the Great Wall, Jiǎo Shān nevertheless offers an excellent opportunity to hike up the Wall’s first high peak – a telling vantage point over the narrow tongue of land below and …
Walls in Shānhǎiguān

Jiǔménkǒu Great Wall

In a mountain valley 15km north of Shānhǎiguān stretches the only section of the Great Wall ever built over water. Normally the Wall stopped at rivers, as they were considered natural defence barriers on their own. …
Historic Site in Shānhǎiguān

First Pass Under Heaven

The Great Wall's main gate as it snaked down the mountains and to the sea, the First Pass served as Shānhǎiguān's east gate and principal watchtower. Two storeys tall, with double eaves and 68 arrow-slit windows, it…
Historic Site in Shānhǎiguān

Old Dragon Head

Famous across China (although a little overhyped if we're being honest), Old Dragon Head, 4km south of Shānhǎiguān, is where the Great Wall meets the sea. It's photogenic for sure, but bear in mind that what you see…
Museum in Shānhǎiguān

Great Wall Museum

This impressive museum provides a thorough chronological history of the Wall, going into architectural features and including interesting scale models of the walled town and surrounding Great Wall locations. Plenty …
Temple in Shānhǎiguān

Mèngjiāng Nǚ Temple

A well-known Song Ming reconstruction, this temple is dedicated to Lady Meng. Based on a famous Chinese folk tale, Meng Jiang’s husband was press-ganged into wall-building because his views conflicted with those of …
Dumplings in Shānhǎiguān

Èrtiáo Xiǎoxiàng Jiǎoziguǎn

Housed in a 200-year-old building, this one-woman show offers delicious, golden-fried dumplings (煎饺; jiānjiǎo) with a range of fillings, including pork and cabbage (白菜猪肉; báicài zhūròu) and egg and chives (韭菜鸡蛋; jiǔ…
Taoist Temple in Shānhǎiguān

Sānqīng Temple

This simple Taoist temple is a 0.8km walk outside the walls from the west gate. You might have to wake up the avuncular attendant to let you in; if you do, he'll point out a gnarled tree between the halls claimed to…
Historic Building in Shānhǎiguān

Wang Family Courtyard House

The Wang Family Courtyard House is a large, 18th-century hútòng-style residence faced by a spirit wall. Inside is an amateur display of period furnishings.
Museum in Shānhǎiguān

Zǒng Bīng Fǔ

This large, re-created military compound was designed to give a sense of what life was like for soldiers guarding Shānhǎiguān's Wall. Unfortunately, the end result is very half-baked, with no explanations, a few rus…