Shanhaiguan Pass, Qinhuangdao

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Shanhaiguan Pass Scenic Spot, Qinhuangdao

(秦皇岛市山海关景区 qín huáng dǎo shì shān hǎi guān jǐng qū)

A watchtower with a plaque inscribed with five Chinese characters of “天下第一关” (World’s No 1 Pass) stands on the battlement at the eastern gate of the Shanghaiguan Pass in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. [Photo/VCG]

Shanhaiguan Pass Scenic Spot is a historical and cultural site 15 kilometers northeast of Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. The pass was established in 1381 during China’s Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), as a defensive part of the Great Wall of China.

The pass was surrounded by tall walls with four main gates to encompass a town. It is 4 kilometers in circumference and 14 meters in height and has a complete defense system.

With the Yanshan Mountain to the north and Bohai Sea to the south, it was an important battleground in ancient times, winning it the reputation of World’s No 1 Pass. In history, the army of Qing entered the central plain after defeating the Ming army at the pass, and set up the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) beginning its rule over China.

Highlights at the scenic spot include the World’s No 1 Pass and Laolongtou or Old Dragon’s Head where the Great Wall meets the sea.

Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA

Ideal Sightseeing Season: Summer

Recommended Duration For A Visit: One day

Opening Hours for Laolongtou or Old Dragon’s Head:
7:30-17:30 (Nov 1-April 30)
7:00-18:00 (May 1- Oct 31)

Ticket Price: Price varies for different areas.
World No 1 Pass: 40 yuan
Laolongtou or Old Dragon’s Head: 50 yuan
Zhonggu Tower: 10 yuan
Ying’en Tower: 10 yuan
Wangyang Tower: 10 yuan
Wang Family Courtyard: 30 yuan
Shanhai Palace: 40 yuan

Free admission for children below 6 years old or under 1.2 meters; visitors over 70 years old; and the disabled with valid certificates (ID or passport)

Visitors between 6 and 18 years old or 60 to 69 years old and full-time students enjoy ticket price discounts with valid certificates.

Tour Bus Ticket Price: 10 yuan

Address: No 1 Longhai Street, Shanhaiguan district, Qinhuangdao

A series of activities, including folk culture festival and model contest, will be held at Shanghaiguan Pass during the tourism season.

The sculpture of Qinshiwang, founder of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) and the first emperor of a unified China, at the Shanhaiguan Pass [Photo/VCG]
Winter scenery of Laolongtou or Old Dragon’s Head at the pass [Photo/VCG]

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