Did you know there’s a section of the Great Wall right by the ocean? This section is where the Great Wall begins!
It’s called the Old Dragon’s Head (Laolongtou 老龙头) because of its appearance. It’s just 2.5 hours away from Beijing in Hebei Province, so it’s a perfect day trip to see a unique section of the Great Wall.
How To Get To Laolongtou Great Wall
To get to this part of the Great Wall, take a train to Shanhaiguan 山海关. If you’re coming from Beijing, there are many trains from Beijing Railway Station and Beijing South Station and it will take around 2 – 2.5 hours depending on the train.
Once you arrive at Shanhaiguan, you can take a short 10 minute taxi to the Laolongtou Entrance. The entrance fee is 50 RMB and is usually open 7:00am – 6:00pm depending on the time of year.
Things To Do at Laolongtou Great Wall
Aside from walking on the Great Wall of course, you can enjoy the beach nearby and have a walk around! There are many little shops for food and drinks here. There is also a nearby temple you can check out.
If you have extra time, there is another part of the Great Wall in Shanhaiguan with more hiking and mountain views.
Visit the Great Wall by the Ocean
Laolongtou is a fantastic section of the Great Wall to visit if you’re looking for a unique and interesting section.
Looking for more information about other sections of the wall to visit? Check out my guide Which Section of the Great Wall Should You Visit?