Despite the breathtaking scenery, parts of the Jiankou Great Wall are crumbling. It can be very steep and dangerous for hiking, especially under poor weather conditions. This section of the Great Wall is not recommended for children and senior citizens. It is most appropriate for experienced and adventurous hikers.
The base of the Jiankou Great Wall is located in Xizhazi Village. It is a two-hour drive from downtown Beijing. To get there, take Bus No.916 at Dongzhimen, and get off at Huairou Fangshan (diagonally opposite Huairou First Hospital). There you can find local buses to Jiankou Great Wall. Buses run between 10:00 and 15:00. If you cannot ride a bus, negotiate with taxi drivers for a 150-200RMB round trip.