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The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall

12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China (Huairou Scenic Resort)
010-61626506
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Ranked #41 of 9,390 restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Neighborhood: Huairou Scenic Resort
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It is well worth the visit if you are going to Mutianyu. Great America-like dinning made from local ingredients. Fuel up before you hit the wall.

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Shanghai, China
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were told that Sat night was bar BBQ night but was expecting more selection and atmosphere. Service was OK but was surprised that even drinks were self service from a plastic tub with cold water and a block of ice in it. Broken glass under our table was a shame and to be fair the team cleared it away... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Gouldie1973, I am so sorry that our very casual live jazz trio, all you could eat and drink barbecue buffet dinner served at sunset with the stars coming out by candelight with linens and fresh flowers (with hamburgers, hotdogs, steaks, chicken, trout, and vegetables grilled to order, handmade noodles cooked to order with stewed pork, green salad, Sichuan chicken... More

Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Stop here after the wall, enjoy great food and good beer. Best with friends. You won't regret the choice as it fits well in after a two hour hike on the wall.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Kiwi P, Thank you so much for recommending The Schoolhouse to the Trip Advisor community. We endeavor to provide excellent local and homemade food matched by warm and professional service. It's just great to get feedback like yours; we appreciate the encouragement very much. Safe travels, Jim Spear & The Schoolhouse Team More

Novi, Michigan
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We ate lunch here after walking the wall. Owned by an American, the lunch was filling and relaxing. In short, we would recommend it as a place to get a good lunch right near the wall. The restaurant is located in an outdoor courtyard.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear CaymanMike, Thank you very muich for your recommendation of The Schoolhouse. I am one of the four partners, and we are indeed all Americans. But everyone else on the staff is Chinese and I must say they are the ones who cook the food and serve our guests with enthusiasm and warmth. Wishing you happy journeys, Jim Spear &... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We visited the Schoolhouse once we left the Wall. The views were nice and the staff were very attentive. The restrooms were clean and included toilet paper! The food was tasty and the gift shop had interesting items for purchase.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Ineedavacystat, Our team is delighted to know that you enjoyed your post-Wall stop at The Schoolhouse. Thank you for sharing your experience with the Trip Advisor community. More

Beijing
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Went hiking with our dogs and were excited coming back to this place after a few years. Long time ago they had a great & innovative Indian Chef. Still feels great sitting outside in the shade. Being thirsty even the local beer will do (even for that price better beer should be available). We ordered a caesar style salad and... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Riedel208, My name is Jim Spear and I am one of the partners in The Schoolhouse. Thank you for letting us know that your experience did not meet your expectations. I appreciate that you also reported that your son enjoyed the food the next day. Of course, that is the issue -- because our aim is consistent excellence. We... More

Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I didn't expect this place to be good given its tourist location next to the Great Wall, but it was actually very good. My fritata and date bread were really great and the family had universally high praise for their dishes (prawn bisque, spicy tofu, etc.). On top of that, the portion sizes were big. About 7 of us ate... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Journeyman1971, Thank you so much for your kind comments about The Schoolhouse. We're delighted you enjoyed your experience here. About the English skills of our staff, more than 80 per cent of our team are from nearby villages and we don't have any expats on The Schoolhouse staff -- from the kitchen to the servers to the hosts and... More

Seoul, South Korea
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Delicious, fresh food at the base of the Mutianyu area of the Wall. The owner bought up an old schoolhouse and is helping the local community.

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear AliceMinnesota, My name is Jim Spear and I am one of the partners in The Schoolhouse. Your review made my day! It is so great to know when a guest enjoyed their experience here. It's especially encouraging to know that you were aware of our commitment to sustainability and that that was meaningful for you. On behalf of our... More

Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We took the local bus 867 from Beijing to Mutianyu. After a fantastic day at the wall we used the Schoolhouse shuttle to Beigou, just some minutes away in the next valley, and came to our house, Stone Forest (within the Schoolhouse gruoup). We had a fantastic stay in Stone Forest. It was really a lovely place and we all... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear LarsW, Thank you for your concrete review with details of your experience with us. I'm one of the partners in the business and getting your feedback about our service really encourages me and our whole team. I'm glad to know you'd love to come back but understand it's a big world out there. Wishing you lots of fun adventures... More

Shanghai, China
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We used their bus service from Beijing to the Great Wall, and my parents and I couldn't have been happier. The service was wonderful - inexpensive, friendly staff, clean facilities at Mutianyu, a great little restaurant for tourists to stop at after hiking for a few hours, ticket sales, etc. They literally had everything you could think of, and it... More

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jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

Dear Charlotte E, Thank you so much for posting your review of The Schoolhouse and our school bus service. I am just delighted that you and your parents had a great, no-hassle time. I will share your comments with our entire team to encourage them to keep working hard to deliver a great experience to all of our customers --... More

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