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The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall

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Huairou Scenic Resort
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12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
+86 10 6162 6506
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Well earned lunch

Our guide Pau recommended this restaurant for lunch after visiting the Great Wall, we were really hungry and choose the Great Wall Burger which was a moist pork burger served with the usual sides, we sat outside in the winter sun and enjoyed the distant views of the Wall. Great place, and bathrooms... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Gloria M
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Our guide Pau recommended this restaurant for lunch after visiting the Great Wall, we were really hungry and choose the Great Wall Burger which was a moist pork burger served with the usual sides, we sat outside in the winter sun and enjoyed the distant views of the Wall. Great place, and bathrooms very clean too !

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

Dear Gloria M, Thank you for reviewing The Schoolhouse. I am not sure when you visited because we have not had the Great Wall Burger on the menu since June 2014 and were closed for the last winter from December 2014 to March 2015. We haver never served pork burgers, only beef burgers made from hand-chopped sirloin steak. For prospective... More 

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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Whenever I take visitors to see the great wall, I always bring them here for lunch. The food is fantastic and everyone I know loves it! The feel is great, too. You can sit outside or sit in one of their school houses and it is a fantastic spot.

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

Dear MillieNess1, Thank you so much for your support of The Schoolhouse. We're delighted to get your positive feedback. I'm wondering if you k now that we also have accommodations as well? You might enjoy coming our for a weekend at our Brickyard Retreat -- and trying Saturday evening dine dining at The Schoolhouse starting this Fall... All the best,... More 

Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This place provided the best lunch that I could have had after a very long tour on the great wall. The food was so amazing that I had to find time to rate it excellent on the tripadvisor! The ambiance also perfectly matched the location. It was great to know that the food was prepared by the local women so... More 

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

Dear Sghose, On behalf of our whole team I would like to thank you for your lovely review of The Schoolhouse. We're just delighted to know how much you appreciated our local foods homemade from scratch. The chefs here are indeed all local woman and it has been very rewarding for me to see them put their hearts into cooking... More 

Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This restaurant is a gem and a great spot to stop before or after visiting the wall. It is very peaceful with good food and very reasonable. The service was fast if you wanted to be quickly on your way but there was no pressure to leave if you wanted to linger and relax. An unexpected bonus was that going... More 

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

Dear Jane C, Thank you for your review of The Schoolhouse. We're delighted to know that you enjoyed your visit and especially appreciate that you mentioned our VIP Access service. When the Great Wall park was closed to traffic last year we were grandfathered in but our guests do have to obtain a permit ahead of time -- full information... More 

Beijing, China
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Schoolhouse ticks all the boxes...outside of 'metro' Beijing but still easily accessible (1hr by car from the city), great food and at reasonable prices, wonderful atmosphere and equally a fantastic location. Jim Spears and all his team are also 1st class hosts! Well worth a visit!

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

Dear Tim R, I'm sitting in my study looking at the Great Wall reading Trip Advisor reviews and responding to them. The sun is shining this morning and the sky is blue but your review just made my day. Thank you so much for letting me and my colleagues know that you appreciated your experience at The Schoolhouse. You've given... More 

Provo, Utah
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our tour guide, Cici, took us to this restaurant after our visit to The Great Wall. We loved it. Everything was delicious. The restaurant is in an old school with a courtyard and it was interesting to imagine what it would have been like when school was happening there. Our service was great with our waitress understanding our order and... More 

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

Dear Heidi_5791, Wow! What a lovely review full of useful information about our little restaurant here at Mutianyu Great Wall. As one of the partners in the business I'd like to thank you on behalf of our whole team of local employees who actually do the cooking and serving. Our aim is to deliver pleasant experiences to our guests and... More 

Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We spent two nights at the Brickyard, which we found to be a class act, while retaining a lovely rural charm. After climbing the Wall, we stopped for lunch at the Schoolhouse. The food and the service was great. The caramel ice cream hit the spot in a big way. A pity that the glass shop was closed, but maybe... More 

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

Dear Colleen T, On behalf of my family and our whole team, thank you so much much for your review for the Trip Advisor community and for your praise. We sincerely hope you WILL come back again! Safe travels, Jim Spear More 

Nanjing
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67 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

After reading the reviews and staying at its sister property The Brickyard which was fantastic, The Schoolhouse was just okay. The atmosphere was excellent and suitably rustic with pleasant although largely inexperienced staff. However, the menu was sparse and the food was very ordinary. Chinese noodles served as pasta as an example … not the end of the world but... More 

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

Dear Ardeecee, Thank you for sharing your evaluation of the meal you had at The Schoolhouse recently. Our restaurant is a converted primary school in the restricted area of the Mutianyu Park that offers wonderful views of the Great Wall, forested mountains, and the Village. I'm glad that you found the atmosphere excellent but of course not so glad that... More 

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

the dishes weren´t bad, but they weren´t delicious either. on a long day of excursions you just need some solid food and this is what you ge

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

Dear brunel-andy, This is Jim Spear, founding partner in The Schoolhouse. We've been in business for 10 years providing local foods homemade from scratch and I am so sorry that you didn't find the food delicious. Nothing comes out of a can and rather than over-salt and over-spice we let the ingredients speak for themselves. Our current a la carte... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Had lunch last Sunday and all in our group enjoyed the food, which included pasta, Asian curry rice and Chinese style tofu dish. Price was about 530RMB for 4 of us including desert, beverage and a few of the scallion cakes.

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

Dear SamOnLanier, My name is Jim Spear, a partner in The Schoolhouse. I'm just delighted to know that you and your party enjoyed your lunch at The Schoolhouse and that you found the dishes we served tasty. Our offerings are all homemade from scratch and based on local ingredients. For example the tofu dish that you shared an image of... More 

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Address: 12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
Phone Number: +86 10 6162 6506
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Huairou Scenic Resort
Average Prices: USD 6 - 30
Cuisine: International

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  • Address: 12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Huairou Scenic Resort
  • Neighborhood: Huairou Scenic Resort
  • Phone Number: +86 10 6162 6506

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 30
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children

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