Great Wall at Mutianyu

Historic Site
Huáiróu, 北京市
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  • Simple Discoveries
    A great place to view the wall without the dense crowds, however we suspect it will soon be just as crowded as the closer section. Hike all the way to the end (Gate 23) - it's worth it!
  • Ajaz B.
    Ajaz BiyabaniSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here early this month on one of the week ends, nice place, but lot to cover if you love climbing and don't get with history and remains this is the place you can spend days and hours just roaming
  • Nikos B.
    Take the cable up to tower 18, not 6. Climb as long as you can. Buses 916 and 867 help you reach here. The highest you go the better the view. afte #23 is the unrestored part. Do the toboggan glide!
  • Venny F. V.
    Venny F. VenistineApril 22, 2013
    Start from MuTianYu is more greeny & beautiful stunning view than start from BaDaiLing. This Gate streches 25KM & 22WatchTowers spaced between each end. So its not ussual route & not crowded.
  • Nina
    NinaSeptember 1, 2014
    Another world's 7 wonders and my bucket list, checked! Come early, grab some water, bring comfy shoes, and you'll be fine up there. And take the toboggan ride all the way down!
    Upvoted Jun 30
  • Lucas B.
    Lucas BoucherJuly 10, 2013
    You don't need to buy the 60rmb cable ticket. It'll take you 30 min to climb there and the most difficult hiking is actually up on the wall. Save some money on that and take the slide down instead.
  • Orc L.
    Orc LönnApril 12
    Hike without a guide? Check beforehand how to get to the wall. There's quite a lot of trails, many of which end at the top of a vertical wall etc. The wall is GREAT! Bring 5-10 RMB for "ladderfee".
  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerOctober 4, 2015
    One of the 7 new wonders if the world. A MUST SEE. Very beautiful and scenic, unbelievable history. Be sure to do the slide, it is so much FUN!!
  • Ramada Asia Pacific
    Ramada Asia PacificSeptember 13, 2013
    As one of the single most iconic & recognizable structures in Asia, there are few bad times to visit the Great Wall of China. We do suggest fall, as the landscape is blanked with autumn colors!
  • Mollie F.
    Mollie FitzOctober 5, 2013
    My favorite section of the Wall. The toboggan sled is SUPER fun. Lots of souvis. I've never had a problem with the unmarked taxis back to the 916 bus stop to Beijing- don't pay more than 40RMB.
  • Meng C.
    Meng ChenNovember 17, 2013
    As one of the single most iconic & recognizable structures in Asia, there are few bad times to visit the Great Wall of China. We do suggest fall, as the landscape is blanked with autumn colors!
  • Ramada Worldwide
    Ramada WorldwideSeptember 13, 2013
    As one of the single most iconic & recognizable structures in Asia, there are few bad times to visit the Great Wall of China. We do suggest fall, as the landscape is blanked with autumn colors!
  • Анастасия Р.
    Breathtaking views, unforgettable experience. It has all the amenities and quite nicely renovated but the place itself is quite hard to get once you go by public transport
  • Alena R.
    Alena RiSeptember 15, 2012
    The best time to visit Great wall, as well as Beijing, autumn. All tours propose not enough time to enjoy it. Try or public transport, or taxi. Its great place to spend the whole day!
  • Jin Ngee C.
    Jin Ngee ChiaNovember 13, 2015
    To get here from Beijing, go to Dongzhimen subway station. Exit to the bus interchange to take 916快. Get a stored value subway card. Bus ride us RMB12 but will be halved to 6 if you use the card.
  • TripStory
    TripStoryApril 27, 2012
    It's the Great Wall... Need I say more? Head out and go for a walk. Ponder the fact that people have been walking along the wall for hundreds, if not thousands of years. A must see for everyone!
  • Ali V.
    Ali VaseghniaMarch 31, 2015
    Nice views. Not crowded. I believe the best option for a normal guy like me is to take the cable car to the 14th station and then go left as much as possible. This way you get to see unrestored part.
  • Winnie
    WinnieJuly 21, 2015
    There are two cable cars and one toboggan slide. Take the glass cable car up and hike to the toboggan slide. Then take that down. Best route
  • ciaoasia
    ciaoasiaApril 10, 2014
    80 yuan will get you a round trip ticket using the cable car up to the top and the awesome toboggan ride down! The left path is easier, less steep; the right is more challenging.
  • Jack P.
    Jack PSeptember 16, 2013
    Much less crowded than the rebuilt that masses attend. Amazingly varied from flat to steep. The chairlift takes one to mid point where you are likely to see this variety. Take toboggan down!
  • Y-Lan N.
    Y-Lan NguyenJune 10, 2015
    Worth the further drive from Beijing to avoid crowds. Take the cableway up and toboggan down. Prepare for lots of stairs. Pack drinks and snacks before you come because they're expensive near the wall
    Pro/Con: Mutianyu has a cable-car, optional toboggan slide down, and many vendors selling souvenirs, t-shirts and snacks. If you don't mind the crowds and vendors, the views are spectacular.
  • Xin P.
    Xin Ping3 weeks ago
    Mutianyu Great Wall is the best section of the Great Wall in China. I offer this me via email or call +8615011044538
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Wong R.
    Wong RickyOctober 6, 2013
    Mutianyu is 1.5 hours (one way) from downtown Beijing and 1 hour from the airport by road. With the easier walking conditions and fewer crowds, Mutianyu is much more enjoyable to walk than Badaling. Read more
  • Yuan W.
    Yuan WangSeptember 27, 2016
    Great view and less crowded than other sections. Recommend book a private tour. Would make your trip a lot easier!
    MARYAM A1 week ago
    Totally unique and incredible and it is really one of the 7 wonders of the world One of the 7 new wonders of the world.
  • Colin C.
    Colin ChanMay 26, 2013
    BYO beer, climb the highest tower on your left and soak in the scenery. If you forget to bring one, don't pay any more than 20rmb to the nice lady who followed you up.
  • Quentin L.
    Quentin LafonJuly 25, 2014
    Really amazing place ! Maybe the most iconic monument in China. You must walk through the "non-tourist" area, it's beautiful, less crowded and so wild !
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJuly 16, 2013
    Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of bug spray. I learned to hard way on my climb up that the bugs are intense during the summer months and the path is rocky.
  • Anglju
    AngljuSeptember 18, 2015
    Amazing place. It is better to go in the morning, so there will be lesser people. Don't forget to grab a bottle of water!
  • RobH
    RobHApril 13, 2013
    If you have the stamina, the place to go is Shixia Pass. Exhausting and Exhilarating. Almost straight up and straight down and in pretty bad shape. On a clear day the views are absolutely incredible.
  • Gato M.
    Gato MongeJuly 15, 2013
    THE GREAT WALL - World Heritage UNESCO In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Read more
  • Xin P.
    Xin PingJuly 31, 2014
    Visit the Great Wall of China , you'd better choose the right time . Summer is so hot , winter is too cold . so the best time to visit Aug Now.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
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  • Winnie
    WinnieJuly 21, 2015
    More foreigners here. Nowhere as many Chinese people as Badaling. Take the glass cable car up, hike the wall, and take the toboggan down.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurkeJune 23, 2015
    Hands down the best section of the wall. A lot less crowded and you can toboggan down. BONUS!
  • Orc L.
    Orc LönnApril 28
    If you continue to the wild wall be sure to bring good shoes as there are a lot of stone rubble lying around. The renovated wall closest to Mutianyu has too many tourists to be fun.
  • Elvina L.
    Elvina LeeNovember 20, 2012
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  • Jin Ngee C.
    Jin Ngee ChiaNovember 13, 2015
    Definitfely take the cable car to the higher sections in winter. Fog shrouds the view but going higher helps you go above the fog.
  • Анастасия Р.
    To get here take 916 bus from DongzhimenBei bus station(metro exit E),get off at BeiDaJie,switch to bus H50/H23 but as they run not often better take a cab or van for approx 10¥ per person (bargain!)
  • Jermaine A.
    Jermaine AllenMarch 4, 2011
    Pay the 330 yuen to ride the cable car. A nice ride with some amazingly stunning views! It will save you walking up 1000 stairs to reach the same point. Beware of Market! You'll be hassled!!!
  • Sans P.
    Sans PareilMarch 14
    Beautiful views, bit of a spiritual journey on the aspect of the wall's vastness and man made. Loved it!
  • Belinda C.
    Belinda CayapanMarch 26, 2012
    The ski lift takes you to the 6th Tower which is the visitor's starting point. The ride gives you a panoramic view of Mutianyu and the surrounding mountains of Hauirou County.
  • Georban
    GeorbanOctober 2, 2012
    La Muralla, cruza a lo largo de 8,850 km cubriendo gran parte de China. Is made up of a number of interconnecting walls spanning China that different dynasties and warlords constructed over the years.
  • Nikos B.
    Start as high as possible (#18) and move up towers. The view is getting better and better...At the end do the toboggan run!
  • Alexandre F.
    Alexandre FugitaFebruary 18, 2015
    Visited in late winter (Mid-February) and it was very good since the cold helps when you need to walk up lots of stairs.
  • Winnie
    WinnieJuly 21, 2015
    Michelle Obama came in 2014 and took the toboggan slide. You can go as slow as you want. It's great
  • Olly S.
    Olly StedallFebruary 7, 2014
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  • Genni R.
    Genni RubinJuly 9, 2012
    Take the ski lift up and toboggan down for the best Great Wall experience. Amazing view on the way up and exhilarating fun on the way down! Well worth the extra money !!
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UNovember 1, 2014
    Much better than Badaling. You can go up and down in about 2 hours while still taking lots of photos if you utilize cable car
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