Went to Mutianyu on a Saturday, but was surprised to see that there weren't that many people around.
There were several options for people to get up to the great wall from the foot of the hill where the carpark is. You could either take the cable car up (one way or return) or walk up to the great wall section. I chose to walk up to the great wall section and this was the hardest part of the trip. The strenuous climb up consisted of a long flight of high steps that I would recommend the elderlies to avoid.
At the great wall section, the view is majestic and you cannot even start to fathom how such an architecture could be build back then. From the top of the great wall, you could chose to ride the toboggan down to where the carpark was. The ride cost 60rmb and lasted for ard 8 mins (depending on the speed you are traveling). During the ride you could also soak in the views around you too, a very worthwhile experience.
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