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“Not crowded but steep steps” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Great Wall at Mutianyu

Great Wall at Mutianyu
Mutianyu Road, Huairou District, Beijing, China
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Early stage in the northern of China in the middle ages,Mutianyu is a the best part is that as the Great Wall to defend north of the capital obstacles and imperial tombs. As a new attractions of Beijing , government repaired and open for tourists from all over the world only 22 tower.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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“Not crowded but steep steps”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We decided to go walk up and down and that was quite sporty. But you are rewarded with the most wonderful views. Not crowded at all. The souvenir stalls are fun, and actually reasonably priced (which we discovered in retrospect).

Visited June 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

You almost have to pinch yourself when you ascend onto the wall, it is spectacular. Take the tram ride up and the mountain slide tobagon down, it makes the wall that much more exciting. Give yourself time to leisurely walk along the wall, to appreciate the history, geography and architecture. Some sections are steep, so good practical walking shoes are helpful. Camera is essential. Its not that far from Beijing and a private guide & driver makes it an easy 1/2 day outing.

Visited January 2013
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“Not boring!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

You've seen and heard a lot about the Wall on TV, in magazies, in books and comics, in all facettes...it still is worth seeing it for yourself. It's gigantic. Horizon to horizon, you see the watchtowers on hills far away in the myst. I bet if you put all the walls together to build a castle, you have hundreds of Versailles or Forbidden cities or Kremlins. And it has consequently been build along the ridge of the mountains. Stunning! Don't let the sales people annoy you, it's part of the deal. We went in Winter, maybe it's calmer than in summer ;)

Visited January 2013
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“Book a Guide if you're short on time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I was passing through China on a 22 hour layover and found out that getting to the Great Wall was definitely doable. I got a stopover permit in the airport for free (DON'T pay for a VISA if you are just doing a 24 hour or less layover).

I booked a guide ahead of time and was so glad I did! it was a HUGE timesaver. I didn't realize how few people in China speak English (even students!). I found "Jonny" on a travel website and found his fees were the most reasonable (charged 500 Yuan for the day to pick us up, bring us to the Great Wall and drop us off at the Royal Palace). He is a great communicator via email. He self-taught himself English, so it's good enough to get you places and give you a little information, but please don't torture the guy with conversation or a bunch of questions. He's such a nice guy and just trying to make an honest living... he was perfect for what we needed! His email is jonnyzhangcn@hotmail.com

Seeing the Great Wall was amazing... have to see it to appreciate this Wonder of the World. We were there in late December and were the only ones there for a good hour which was awesome for pictures and just taking in the serenity of the area. We took the chair lift up and the tobaggan down.. definitely recommend that!

Visited December 2012
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“Go with a private car!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Having been there last week (in cold winter), I definitely recommend any traveler to go there with a private car and not try to take a collective tour or public bus in particular if you want to combine it with another site (e.g. Ming tombs).

Indeed, we went the same day to the great wall at mutianyu (north east of Beijing) and the ming tombs (dingling tomb and the sacrdd way, north west of beijing) and did not have so much extra time that day. If you go with a public bus, well you will waste a significant time in the bus and also in finding your way (very few Chinese people have an adequate level of English). If you go with an organized tour, you will likely waste some precious time in a silk / jade / craft factory (for which tour operators get either a commission if you spend a certain amount of time in their shop or a percentage on what you buy should you buy anything!).

Having said that, after a missed tentative to go to the great wall with a tour (in the car they started negotiating on how many factories we should visit and we decided to leave the car), we booked a car via the hotel for a big price (RMB900 for the day).

I can recommend the driver we used who was punctual, polite and understood an adequate level of english and with whom you can have a better price than via the hotel:

LIN YONG - email: LinYong-driver@hotmail.com - 13501055560

Visiting the great wall at Mutianyiu was definitely worth it in any case !!!

Visited January 2013
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