Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing: Hours, Address, Mutianyu Great Wall Reviews: 5/5

Mutianyu Great Wall
Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Hiking Trails
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
In 1368 AD, Mutianyu Great Wall was built by Xu Da who is the main general for Zhuyuanzhang in the Great Wall ruins of Northern Qi Dynasty. Linked to Gubeikou in the east and Juyongguan in the west,the section of the Great Wall is the military hub defensing of the capitalsince ancient times. There are several famous watchtowers such as Zhengguantai, Dajiaolou, Yingfeidaoyang,Jiankou and Beijingjie, which has profound historical and cultural values. Surrounded by the mountains, the Greening rate of the Great Wall reaches 98%, and its scenery is beautiful. Known for its gorgeous scenery, Mutianyu is one of the essence in the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty. Mutianyuhas the characteristics of the fresh air, sided embrasure, peculiar guards, intensive watchtowers, the strong feeling of three-dimensional and the existing of the inside and outside branch. The Closed Tram, Speed slide, the China dream stone sity, the Great Wall hotel, Yisonglou restaurant are constructed inthe tourist area, so its facilities and function are perfect.The tourist area was added to the national 5A scenic spot list by the National Tourism Administration of China in 2011. In June 28, 2014,the Mutianyu Great Wallintegrated tourism service area put into use. The integrated tourism service area, having service functions including a visitor center, the Great Wall Culture Exhibition Center, and catering and tourism souvenirs street,covers an area of 20 acres.In this way, Mutianyu Great Wall will provide a better travel experience for visitors.
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44 contributions
Oct 2019
This was a perfect section, we went 9am - 4pm, longer than expected but ended up that way because its so stunning. The main towers near the cable car are obviously busy with tourists but you'll only need to walk a couple towers either side to get away from the groups, there's not much of a climb so perfect if you just want to walk casually. The further you walk the quieter it gets. Tower 19 to 20 is 400 steps and is a massive climb but well worth the view. Tower 6 has the luge or ski lift down. The luge is controlled by staff ensuring you go slow, if you want to go abit faster I recommend waiting until a queue has gone. We went up by cable car and walked to tower 20 then walked to tower 6 with a toilet stop at tower 15. Getting to the wall at the start you need to park at the ticket office then get the bus to the starting point. Locals complained of tour buses cramming the area so they set up this system instead, it worked really well.
We had a really awesome tour guide sort everything out for us called Alvin Benton, totally recommend him. He knew so much and it made the experience so much more special and interesting. He then took us to a local dumpling restaurant afterwards which was excellent. We thought we didn't need a tour guide but his tips and stories made our day easier and memorable. He was so flexible and helpful, really lovely guy and great English. He's well worth the fee between 750-1050rmb depending on what you want.
Written February 24, 2020
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Lance G
Metro Manila, Philippines15 contributions
Nov 2019
The Great Wall is an icon of China and is a must-visit. There are many parts of the wall you can opt to visit, but I recommend the Mutianyu area. Great views.

You have the option to climb up to the wall via stairs or ride a cable-car for a fee. Climbing up is a great experience I highly recommend, but it is indeed very tiring. This is one thing you must consider. It was winter when I visited, with temperatures less than 5 degrees celsius, but I ended up sweaty when I arrived at the wall! Don't regret it, though!

Going down you also have the option to walk, ride the cable car, or whiz down by toboggan slide. I chose to ride the slide, which was a bit expensive, but was very, very thrilling. The views while riding were amazing, and although the speed is a bit fast, you would never feel unsafe. If you can, ride the slide! I believe it's only available at the Mutianyu Great Wall!
Written April 25, 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK163 contributions
Jul 2019
To get here from Beijing you'll need to take a tour bus for several hours depending which part of the city you are travelling from since the traffic can be crazy in China and often is. Once the bus drops you off and you pay for your ticket to go through, you'll need to climb up a hill which takes about a half hour to get up, passing through trees and up wooden steps, hopefully you wont mind bugs flying into your ears. Once you reach the top of the hill you see the wall blocking your view, then you can go up some steps and you'll finally see a wall that seems to go on forever. It slides up and down the hills, like a snake almost as it twists and turns in both directions on and on; on a clear day you can see it stretch out, but be careful of when you visit because it can get unbearably hot in China, up to 40 degrees Celsius. You'll also need to make sure that you're visiting when few other people are because otherwise you'll be cramped in with hundreds of others beside you and barely able to move or enjoy the wall. You can run up and down the sloping wall, explore the small castles dotted along, see old cannons and behold northern China, aka Inner Mongolia and experience a piece of history. To get back down you don't need to walk, you can simply take a sled down a long slide for a fun 5 minutes back down to the bottom.
Written June 24, 2020
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Beijing, China145 contributions
Nov 2019
This is the most "touristy" section of the wall but if you have friends coming to visit or its your first time then it is by far the most accessible. This section is the wall is stroller and wheelchair friendly. There is a cable car as well, if you don't wish to climb all the stairs.

Also note; there are plenty of buses heading up here from the train station, or getting a taxi is fairly well priced as well.

I recommend buying tickets beforehand; if you are staying in a hotel they can arrange this for you. You can buy them on entrance as well; it just means if there is a long line of people you get to head in before them.
Written April 11, 2020
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Bennett A
Las Vegas, NV36 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Mutianyu has changed a lot in the last 10 years. It is still my preferred spot to visit the Great Wall (over Badaling). More nature, less people. They moved the ticket sales and parking area down the mountain, presumably to let in more people and make it more commercial. It is far enough down that you must take the free bus up to the original ticket area. After the bus, if you have small children take the cable car up to the wall, hike as much as you want, and take the cable car down. If you are fit and childless, start your hike immediately to the right of the bus drop, hike parallel to the ski lift, see nature, then hike the whole wall up to the cable car for a relaxed return. I do not recommend hiking up and down unless you have all day and tons of snacks/water. Such a great spot!
Written July 13, 2021
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Sydney, Australia1,050 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This is such a beautiful part of the Great Wall. Personally I feel it is more breathtaking than the Badaling section and less crowded. The facilities at Mutianyu is good too with many restaurants and clean public bathroom facilities throughout the attraction (always bring toilet paper). We hired a private car from drivers just outside of our hotel. The return charge from Beijing to Mutianyu was RMB700 (RMB18 toll road charge each way is not included). Once we reached the base of Mutianyu, the driver purchased the attraction tickets for us. The tickets included the shuttle bus ride to the next level, then a cable car and entry to the wall. For a family of 4 (2x students applies for the wall entry), all those tickets costed RMB680. The cable car ride is already RMB120 pp return, so if you are super fit, there’s a well paved track to the top of the wall. Even with the cable car, there is still a 300-400m of fairly steep uphill walk and steps. We left the hotel at 9:30am, got to the wall at 11:30am. Including a quick lunch Mutianyu before visiting the wall, we left at 2pm and returned to Beijing around 4pm. We went on Saturday in early January.
Written January 4, 2020
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Elvira Gozali
Balikpapan, Indonesia2 contributions
Dec 2020
Great Wall of china is a beautiful historical places. you can visited this monument on Beijing china, there is so much history on Great Wall, you can ask people from there or you can search on google about this amazing wall. to go there you can use vehicle but I recommend you to use car not bus because the route is kinda meander and lunge.

I visited this place two years ago.its winter when I go there and the wind is so strong, I wore a triple jacket but still I can't feel my feet. because of the wind I can't enjoy the view, I only took 2 or 3 photos then I go back to bus. I regret not to explore more the place but if I remember the wind there is no way to stay longer in that place. I recommend you guys to go on spring, the view is really nice, I think you can get amazing photos.

Great Wall of china is Wonderfull, I like the wall design, it's unique and full of history. and it's better if you read the history first before visited. but yeah this place won't regret you.
Written February 23, 2021
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Sarah Nossy
Dubai, United Arab Emirates705 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This was by far the best part of the Great Wall to visit as it was practically empty! Zero crowds but very challenging walk. We walked for an hour and a half up and down the various sized stairs (including stops for photos) before reaching the cafe where you can opt to take a chair lift down or ride the toboggan! It’s super fun but make sure to allow time for the people in front to go down so you can ride at maximum speed. This was the highlight of my trip to China and I’d highly recommend using China Discovery for this tour.
Written January 11, 2020
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Mexico City, Mexico75 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
No trip to Beijing would be complete without a Great Wall tour. We came to this point because I’m pregnant and we wanted to take the cable car and not walking too much. We were lucky because wasn’t too crowded and the weather was nice however we had to wait in lines quite long time and there are some points overcrowded, it’s very difficult to walk or even move. In general I would recommend to come early and to choose an specific day to really enjoy or being able to take nice pictures!
Written October 8, 2020
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Los Angeles, CA800 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
We were told by several locals that this is the best section of the great wall, and we are so glad we visited it. We went on a perfect slightly sunny day in June, and it was not overly crowded with tourists at all, but actually quite peaceful. We asked the concierge of our hotel in Beijing to book us a driver for the day, which worked perfectly. He picked us up at our hotel, drove us to the great wall which was about an hour drive, and picked us up after spending about three hours, and drove us back to Beijing. We took the cable car up and down, as we were not into climbing that many steps, but there were people who did it and said it was great. The ski lift and toboggan on a different part of the wall also sounded fun and were highly recommended. Once at the top, we spent about an hour and a half hiking around the wall. We certainly could have spent longer if we had more time and energy, so plan your trip accordingly. The views were gorgeous and it was definitely an amazing bucket list adventure. It’s so fascinating how sticky rice was used in the mortar for the bricks. While this is not the closest section of the wall to Beijing, I think it’s worth the extra bit of driving as it is so scenic and definitely less crowded. Beware of the souvenir sellers at the bottom who will definitely try hard to sell you their goods, though it can be fun to bargain them down. It’s definitely advisable to use the bathrooms at the bottom of the wall, as there are noneonce you get up to a certain point. We bought our tickets at the wall and it was no problem. This is a must do if you are in the Beijing area.
Written January 19, 2020
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