We stayed a The Brickyard for 3 nights in October and loved it ! It is very quiet and wonderful to be in a rural atmosphere and see the Great Wall at a distance from our room. The food was OK for dinner - not too many choices but Loved the breakfast ! We especially loved the Date Nut bread they served and the fact you could go in the cozy lodge and have Tea,Coffee or Soda and fruit or cookies at anytime ! Made us feel really at home ! Also loved the little fireplace area where you could have a cocktail or read a book !
Our favorite day was using a map they provided to us we walked up a trail from the Schoolhouse to the "Wild Wall" (trail #7 I think ) and experiencing the Wild Wall was fabulous but a bit rough !
Make sure you have good shoes on as one you climb on to the wall from the hilly trail it is a bit overgrown with bushes and trees and a steep drop down ! We walked over to the Toboggan at watchtower #5 I think and came down and walked back to the Schoolhouse. It was great to have the shuttle to and from the schoolhouse to eat and hike etc.
The next day we did the typical tourist part of the wall going up the gondola and down the Toboggan once again !
I would highly recommend staying at the Brickyard to experience the Great Wall !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brickyard is a lush and private eco-retreat that incorporates the kilns and other buildings of a traditional glazed tile factory in a design which is "green" from the ground up. The 16 queen rooms all have private terraces and story-and-a-half window walls with spectacular views of the Great Wall. Wireless internet but no TVs. Complimentary breakfast buffet and coffee, soft drinks, and homemade cookies all day the Lodge, where casual meals and bar service are also offered. The Activity Center is fully-equipped for conferences. The Brickyard Spa is set in our four-season garden with lotus pond and yoga platform. Enjoy complimentary use of the Exercise Room and the Outdoor Jacuzzi (available May). Try a Chinese massage or relax in the Spa's Gold Suite with Great Wall view sauna, private bath, treatment room, and courtyard with outdoor shower and cold plunge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brickyard Eco Retreat At Mutianyu Great Wall Hotel Beijing