Top attractions along the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway

Starting from Beijing North Railway Station and reaching Zhangjiakou city, the high speed railway is 174 kilometers long and includes a total of 10 stops. It will be an essential transport facility for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. By narrowing the travel time between the two cities to within an hour, the high-speed railway will help boost tourism in this area. Let's have a look at what they are, where they are located, and why they are so special.

1 Juyongguan Great Wall (Changping Station)

The Juyongguan (lit. Juyong Pass) Great Wall is a famous section of the Great Wall of China. Since ancient times, it has served as an impregnable pass and frontier garrison. It is located in Beijing's Changping district.

2 Ming Tombs (Changping Station)

The Ming Tombs refers to a group of mausoleums belonging to 13 emperors from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and their consorts. The tombs lie at the foot of Tianshou Mountain in Changping district, about 50 kilometers from the urban area of Beijing.

3 Badaling Great Wall (Badaling Station)

The Badaling Great Wall is located in the northwest of Beijing and serves as a pass for Jundu Mountain. It is the best preserved and the most typical section of China's Great Wall dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

4 Longqingxia Gorge (Badaling Station)

Located in Yanqing district of Beijing, the Longqingxia Gorge (Longqing Xia) enjoys picturesque scenery resembling that of the Li River in Southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

5 Guanting Reservoir National Wetland Park (Huailai Station)

Renowned as a pearl inlayed in Huaizhuo Basin in Hebei province, the Guanting Reservoir National Wetland Park occupies an area of more than 13,000 hectares, ranking top among rest wetland parks in North China. It serves as an effective measure to improve the eco-environment and to protect natural resources.

6 Crowing Post House (Huailai Station)

As the best reserved post structure with the largest scale discovered so far, the Crowing Post House (Jiming Yi) is located at the westernmost part of Huailai county, North China's Hebei province. It is named after the mountain lying to its northwest.

7 Chateau SunGod Greatwall (Huailai Station)

Located in the basin of the Sanggan River, Huailai county, the Chateau SunGod Greatwall enjoys an ideal environment for grape-planting with abundant sunshine, rainfall and mild temperatures.

8 Crowing Mountain scenic area (North Xiahuayuan Station)

The Crowning Mountain (Jiming Shan) is located in the Xiahuayuan district of Zhangjiakou city. A 4A level scenic spot, it is 570 meters high and covers an area of 17.5 square kilometers. Besides the picturesque natural scenery, the mountain also has rich cultural resources, including temples and other man-made sites.

9 Ancient City of Xuanhua (North Xuanhua Station)

As one of the nine towns of the Great Wall defensive system in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Ancient City of Xuanhua (Xuanhua Gucheng) used to be known as the number one government office to the west of Beijing. Its layout mainly consisting of three parts: the Tower of Gentiles Resisting (Qingyuan Lou), the Tower of Repressing the North (Zhenshuo Lou), and the Tower of Capital Protecting (Gongji Lou).

10 Xiabali Liao Dynasty tombs (North Xuanhua Station)

Covering an area of 360 square meters, the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) tombs are located in Xiabali village of Xuanhua district, which was formerly under the rule of the Khitan Liao regime. It is the family cemetery of the Zhangs. Among the 11 discovered tombs, there are 96 murals found quite intact, which mostly show real-life scenes depicting the tomb occupants.

11 Zhangjiakou Ancient Fortress (South Zhangjiakou Station)

With a history of nearly 600 years, the Zhangjiakou Ancient Fortress was built in 1429, marking the beginning of Zhangjiakou city.

There are 93 courtyards in the styles of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) that are well preserved in the fort.

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