Pinyin: Tiě mén guān
English: Metal gate pass
Coordinates: 40°24'47.64"N 118°24'16.22"E
So this part of the Great Wall isn't far from Lijiaguguan (which is visible from the top of the mountain) and Xifengkou. It's about 48 kilometers away from the Qianxi bus station. To get here, you can take the bus to Tiemenguan (village) for 12 kuai and go all the way to the end (this is also the same bus you take to go to Xifengkou and Lijiaguguan). It's an hour's ride.
Finding the exact path to Tiemenguan was a bit tricky, asking the locals will be the best way. I asked a bunch of them and they all confirmed the one I was going to was Tiemenguan and not some other one. To be honest, from the bus stop to the Great Wall itself will take about an hour to walk (this is counting time spent walking up the mountain). I imagine the hike up the mountain is more beautiful when spring is in bloom and summer as well when the farmer's crops are ready.
There are no signs or information anywhere about Tiemenguan. As far as I can tell there are only three guard towers that make up Tiemenguan (though there could be more). The path is rocky and reminiscent of Yumuling in that you're basically walking on the mountain itself between guard towers.
Of all the sections I've been to in Tangshan so far, this seems to be the shortest and least well-preserved. Still, the Great Wall is like pizza -- good or bad, it's still worth it.
And a pleasant surprise to end the trip – while walking down the road, I noticed a sign that points out a 'new' Great Wall (a section I was unaware of, at least) only 3km away.
The sign reads 龙凤溪谷旅游景区 Lóngfèng xī gǔ lǚyóu jǐngqū Dragon Phoenix Creek Valley scenic area.
Thanks for filling in the blanks Bryan, but my baidu powers are failing me and I'm having trouble finding any information on this area and what Great Wall it has. It seems it's not the only dragon phoenix tourist spot in China...someone be a h ero and try and find what Great Wall is there! This area is located in Qianxi (迁西).
If you can provide the exact location of the sign plus the direction the arrow was pointing, that should make it easy to find on Google Earth etc.
Tiemenguan village: 40°24.350'N 118°24.075'E
Based on pics I think you were here: 40°24.565'N 118°25.035'E
I looked but didn't see anything within 3km by that name. Maybe it's a new name?
Sharing last year's trek at Tiemenguancun, took the Ming path up to the other section of the wall, which had been neglected and broken. Had a most challenging time climbing over large boulders with dropped cliffs on both sides.
The exact location for the "Iron Gate" is here:
... and yes, there is wall down there. Not impressive and pretty much broken but clearly visible from the road. It is supposed to be one of the locations where the Manchus broke through the Great Wall.
Sharing last year's trek at Tiemenguancun, took the Ming path up to the other section of the wall, which had been neglected and broken. Had a most challenging time climbing over large boulders with dropped cliffs on both sides — no room for error or carelessness. Made it through and reached 3 large towers. Didn't stay long as the sun was waning, found the path down, exited and walked to the Tiemenguan/Lingxi trunk road
Cool, thanks for sharing, looks like you chose a good day to go trekking. Here are some pictures to compare with yours:
Here's an imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/FfUcO