Great Wall At Mutianyu

Attraction Mutianyu Road, Huairou District, Beijing, China Published on: 03-08-2016

2 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
6.64 USD

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The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is a masterpiece of restoration. Mutianyu meaning 'Admire Fields Valley' is the longest fully-restored Great Wall section open to tourists.

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Why Great Wall At Mutianyu is special ?

Located in Huairou County about 45 miles from Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall enjoys a long history and is part of the glorious culture of China. It connects Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east. The wall was first built in Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 557). In Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), Tan Lun and Qi Jiguang, two famous patriotic generals, rebuilt it in order to strengthen its defensive potential when they guarded the strategic pass. It served as the northern protective screen, guarding the capital and imperial mausoleums for generations.

This section of Great Wall winds 1.4 miles through lofty mountains and high ridges, many sections of which are made of granite. The unique structure makes the wall almost indestructible. It measures 23 to 26 feet high and four to five yards wide. Both of the wall's inner and outer sides have parapets to defend against enemies coming from the two sides. Some parapets are saw- tooth shaped instead of the regular rectangular form. Below the parapets, there are square embrasures the top of which are designed in an arc structure, different from the traditional round embrasures.


What to explore at Great Wall At Mutianyu?

Complete your trip to China with an unforgettable visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. The Great Wall of China is the greatest symbol of ancient Chinese engineering and one of the world's most famous structures.

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China offers an alternative Great Wall experience to the popular Badaling section. This segment of China's ancient engineering marvel features an optional cable car ride, or an opportunity to climb more than 1,400 steps to the top.

The Mutianyu Great Wall is much steeper than the Badaling section, and offers a more challenging climb. This section is also older than Badaling, and features outer and inner parapets and three watchtowers.

Your eight-hour trip to the Mutianyu Great Wall includes a visit to a nearby cloisonné enamelware factory and a Chinese style lunch.


How to get to Great Wall At Mutianyu?

By Bus

One needs to get to Dongzhimen first. Buses nos. 106, 107, 123, 132, 206, 24 etc. or subway line 2, line 13 or Airport Express Train can take you to Dongzhimen.

a. The fastest way is to take bus 916快 (express) or 916, which run from Dongzhimen to Huairou Bus Station first, get off at the terminus (or Qingchun Road North End or Huairou North Street), and then hire a minivan. The bus 916 (express) is recommended for its duration time is only 60 to 70 minutes. The minivan ride costs about CNY 40-50 and 20 minutes; one can also share the minivan with others to save money. Or visitors can walk to the other side of the road and take bus H23, H24 or 936 (Huairou to Dongtai) and get off at Mutianyuhuandao. Go forward around 3 minutes and then the ticket office lies ahead.

b. No.867 Tourist Special Line from Dongzhimen Outer (Dongzhimenwai) to this section has been cancelled. Visitors need to take no. 867 bus that departs at 10:00 and 12:00 and get off at Mutianyuhuandao. Then they need to walk around 3 minutes to find the ticket office ahead. To return to Dongzhimen Transport Hub, visitors can take no. 867 from here to Hongluo Temple first. It departs at 14:00 and 15:00. Then they catch no.867 bus from Hongluo Temple to Dongzhimen Transport Hub. The bus departs every 30 minutes from 15:00 to 17:00. The fare for a single trip is CNY 16 by cash and CNY6.4 by using Beijing Transportation Smart Card.

Note: Bus 916(express) and 867 bus depart from Dongzhimen Transport Hub in Dongzhimen Outer Street, which is about 10 minutes' walk from Dongzhimen Subway Station (Exit B). Bus 916 can be found at the bus stop close to Exit B of the subway station.

How to reach it from Beijing Capital International Airport:

a. Take Airport Express Train to Dongzhimen Station, get off and then take a bus according to the ways mentioned above.

b. Take Airport Shuttle Bus Line 2 and get off at Dongzhimen Station, then take a bus as indicated above.

c. If the traveling time is tight, visitors are recommended to rent a car to the Wall directly. Car Rental with Chauffeur

Transportation from Beijing Railway Station:

a. Take Subway Line 2 at Xizhimen Station to Dongzhimen, and then take a bus according to the ways indicated above.

b. Take Bus No. 24 from Beijing Railway Station to Dongzhimen, get off and then go there by bus as mentioned above.

Transportation from Forbidden City:

a. From South Gate of Forbidden City (Meridian Gate):

Take Subway Line 1 at Tiananmen Square East to Jianguomen Station, get off and change to Subway Line 2 to Dongzhimen, then take a bus following the ways mentioned above.

Take Bus No. 5 at Xihuamen or Tiananmen Square East to Qianmen, change to Subway Line 2 to Dongzhimen to take bus 867 or 916.

b. From North Gate of Forbidden City (Gate of Divine Prowess):

Take bus no. 101, 109, 609 or 619 from Forbidden City bus stop to Chaoyangmen inner, get off and then walk to Chaoyangmen subway station to take subway line 2 to Dongzhimen, then get there by bus 867 or 916.

By Car

Start from Airport Expressway – Beigao Exit – Jing Shun Lu – Turn left at Kaifang Rotary – Go from the fourth exit – Drive along Bei Rotary on Ying Bin Lu – Drive along Bei Rotary on Qing Chun Lu – Mutianyu(The signs along the road will guide you to find the way)

The Mutianyu Great Wall lies in Huairou District, 73 kilometers (45.4 miles) from Beijing proper. It is a superb location to appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds at Badaling. The Mutianyu section, 2,500 meters (2,734 yards) long, connects the Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou in the east. Rimmed by mountains, it is filled with beautiful flowers in spring; abundantly verdant in summer; charming with red-leafed maple trees in autumn and enchanting covered in pure white snow in winter.


Selling points

  • Beautiful scenery
  • Beautiful section of the wall
  • Great place to go with kids
  • Dreams do come true.
  • Perfect Great Wall experience!
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  • You should bring breathable waterproofs for protection from rain and wind.
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  • Don't forget to bring a camera and money for souvenirs and refreshments.
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  • Bring snacks and water if you want to walk a long portion of the wall.
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  • You should avoid going at weekends or during national/school holidays.
  • Remember to dress for hiking and dress for the weather.
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  • You should choose comfortable footwear with good grip and support for the feet
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  • Wear/bring sun protection in the summer and dress for sub zero temperatures in the winter.
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  • Make sure your Layers of clothes can be taken on and off allow for greater comfort and temperature control.
  • It can feel much colder on the wall than down in the valleys because of altitude and exposure.
  • Umbrellas may be used here as the ascents and descents are not difficult, but may be inconvenient in strong winds
  • There is the option to use a cable car to avoid the trek up to the wall.
  • Be prepared for lots of steep steps and walking


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Nice views. Not crowded. I believe the best option for a normal guy like me is to take the cable car to the 14th station and then go left as much as possible. This way you get to see unrestored part.

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As far as I can remember, I have always wanted to walk on the Great Wall of China. My husband and I requested to go to a quieter section of the Wall, so my guide took us to Mutianyu which is further away from Beijing than Badaling. We made a decision to go just before lunch in order to avoid the crowd when they leave for their lunch. We made the right choice. There were a lot less people on this section of the wall and by midday, there were only a few serious walkers left on it. We spent almost 3 hours walking 5 sections of the wall and back and had plenty of time to admire the wall and the scenery around it (the cherry trees were in bloom) and were even able to put in a couple of mediation moments at the quietest sections. Very serious walkers can go all the way to Sumatai and walk back towards Mutianyu, which we would love to do if we had more time. An absolutely incredible experience. Tip - try to avoid going at weekends or during national/school holidays.

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Nice views. Not crowded. I believe the best option for a normal guy like me is to take the cable car to the 14th station and then go left as much as possible. This way you get to see unrestored part.

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This is quite a busy area of the wall with many tourists but it didn't feel too over crowded. Try to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. There are parts that are very steep to climb but I saw all ages giving it a go. Walked up which took 30 minutes and is steps all the way. There is a cable car available for those that might find it difficult. You can walk down or cable car it down but the most fun way was by taboggan. It's not as a scary as it looks and is a real novelty!

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Out of all the options you have for visiting the great wall, this is probably the best for most tourist. If you are adventurous, you can find more wild parts of the wall, but this is accessible. Take the ride up in the cable car up - there is plenty of walking/hiking to do once you are up there.If you are going in the summer, arrive early in the morning to beat the heat and the crowds and bring water (although there are vendors every once in a while selling cold water). If going in the winter, try to go on a warm day - if it is windy and cold, you will be miserable. Also the snow and ice can make the wall really slippery.

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Leave early (around 7 am), book a taxi or minivan for the day and then plan for 2-3 hours hiking the wall. This was a great experience for us. We arrived around 8:30 am, took the cable car to the top and then headed to the higher end of the wall (left). This is I think the more popular route but also a tough climb. We counted around 800 steps and it is quite a hike. However, the views are amazing and when you get to the end you can continue on a trial to explore a section that has not been rebuilt. Very cool.This section had amazing views, and was not very busy.We really enjoyed it. Last trip we went to Badaling and did not enjoy as much. Both are amazing, but preferred this location.

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