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Mutianyu Great Wall
Ranked #1 of 1,567 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Loved our day trip to the Great Wall. Its a must do for anyone visiting Beijing. Try get there very early in the morning for great light and to avoid crowds!!

Thank AlanMerrins
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

One 77 year old Grandmother with replacement knee! One 80 year old grandfather, a little unsteady. One 2 and a half year old daughter, supported by the wife and I.
Encoraged by previous reports we hired a 7 seater private people carrier for the day with driver to take us from Beijing to Mutianyu Great Wall and back. (1,000 rmb) Set off at 0600hrs and arrived first on the car park.
Walked up the steep road to the cable car at a slow steedy speed. Toilets at the cable car . Took the cable car to tower 14. Here there are more toilets should you need them. At the top there are a few easy steps onto the viewing platform at the base of the wall with great views.
There is also a ramp at the side but very steep in places and easier to take the steps.
We then climbed the very deep steps onto the Great Wall of China.Gran needed my support here, but made it.
There was a little ice underfoot at 0800hours , but it was a blue sky day and the sun was out. You still need a coat and very good flat shoes or trainers.Its still a little cold.(see previous reports on snow and winter, it can get freezing -30 in winter)
We where amazed by the views as we slowly made our way to tower 14.
Grans face was a picture as she realized she had made it onto the Great Wall of China. Then steep steps, but close together and not very deep , down to the next tower."Yes i can do this" Said Gran and She did, nice and slowly one step at a time supported by me. Then she was stopped at the next tower by very deep 2 ft steps.
It did not matter, she had walked two towers on the GW. Result! Just within her capabilities. Some great photos were taken and she loved every minute. We all did.
I write my report for others with capability issues. This was our limit, not a time to be stupid and try to continue. We turned back up the steep climb taking six steps before a rest.
On returning to the platform by the cable car she was strongly supported by me down the 6 steep deep steps and onto the viewing platform.
We had done it. 2 towers and views for miles of the Great Wall of China. Something this family will never forget.
Was it worth it......oh yes. I would suggest this was the limit according to our capabilities.We can walk for miles on the flat, but steps are another problem for people with mobility problems.
I would suggest you use this report as a bench mark if you have capability issues.
We came back down on the cable car and walked through the traders getting a few bits and peices after bartering down the price to 30% of the original.The car park was now full and crowds were making their way up to the wall!
Then off to the Old School House arriving first for lunch.(see review).
We got back to our Hotel at 1500 hours having had a fantastic day.
If you are able bodied and can walk the wall and cope with some steep steps, then you can come back down by toboggan and are in for a treat. I will be back.... to do just that!
If you can climb a few steep steps to get onto the wall then go. Its worth it.

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This section had views, was pictorial and yet wasn't too crowded and we visited on a Saturday.
Thoroughly recommend it as a good option. Took the cable car ride up and down.

Thank SherryO_11
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I joined a tour, they were providing ticket entrance and lunch. Then the guide brought all the group to the cableway ticket purchase, and didn't provide the option of using the cable car. He was probably gettin g commission from that as its run by different company.

We had about 3.5h to visit, If you are in good shape, I recommend taking a one way trip by cable car, go to the left toward tour 18 and do all the way to tour 1. Those last tours towards no1 are the hardest one, very steep and even need to use your hands like a monkey, it would probably easier to do it at the beginning, but I recommend to leave It for the end if you want to use the toboggan to get down. It saves you time to walk back and forth.

If you got kids, I would recommend getting the cableway and toboggan return as the walk from tour 18 to 3 can be difficult and long.
But good thing is that you can get refund of your unused ticket.

Of course get good shoes, water, but really I didnt mind paying $5 for a cold bottle of water from the local upthere. such a hard work And they do it everyday.

Buffet lunch was very nice, just down the wall.
Tour guide was good too, even when we told him we didnt want to use the cableway, he still took us to the cable car counter. They nicely Did an extra stop to wangfujing too as I didnt want to go back to hotel straightaway.

Thank ct93
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We loved our visit with expert David Spindler guiding us and explaining the historical significance. We had a fairly clear day which made it special.

Thank Nancyjjj-953
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