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Located on the shore of the Bohai Sea about 2.5 miles away from the city of Shanhaiguan, LaoLongTou is the starting point of the Ming-Dynasty Great Wall. Set against the mountain and facing the sea, the 36 feet high wall was constructed with stones at its base, with a section of about 82 feet extending down to the sea. It is called ‘The Stone Wall Entering the sea’ and was built by Qijiguang, Commander of the garrison troops at Jizhen in the Ming Dynasty. The huge stone wall looks like a dragon’s head poking into the west sea head Laolongtou consists of the wall extending to the sea. Jinglutai, Nanhaikouguan an Chenghailou. The tower of Chenghailou was first built in the Ming dynasty and rebuilt during the Kangxi an Qianlong Periods of the Qing dynasty. Hung on it are two horizontal boards. One of which has inscriptions written by Sun Chengzong , a high official of the Ming and the other with inscriptions by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. On the walls of the building are inlaid several stone tablets with inscriptions written by famous people of past dynasties .On the southern side of the wall is a huge stone tablet with four characters carved on it. At Laolongtou, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the vast sky, the boundless surging sea and the magnificent ranging mountains.
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