Mutianyu section of The Great Wall of China
Distance from Beijing: 70 km
Dimensions: length 2.4 km (open for tourists); average height 7.5 m; average width 4.5 m
Opening hours: 7:30-18:00 (March to November); 7:00-18:00 (October to February)
Entrance fee: CNY45/25 adult/children; CNY60/80 cable car single/return ride (CNY40/50 for children); CNY80/60 alpine slide adult/children
Recommended time for a visit: 2-3 hours
The biggest reason why tourists usually enjoy Mutianyu section of The Great Wall (幕田峪长城; MùtiánYù Cháng Chéng) the most is the fact it is not crowded as the other ones and in comparison to Badaling it has more appealing structure and architecture. This section is fully restored which contributes to the fact tourists enjoy it. It has around 23 watchtowers. A lot of greenery around serves as a great way to rest your eyes, with pine and cypress trees that cover the majority of the area. Taking this into consideration, it is easy to conclude that the scenery and view are amazing no matter in which season you visit it. The wall top, steps and the path itself are stable for walking, so for those who are in a good condition, this way of going around is recommended.
History of section
The Mutianyu Great Wall has a long history, and it is an important part of China’s past. It was first built around 1,400 years ago, during the reign of the Northern Qi Dynasty (550–577). However, a famous General Xu Da from the Ming Dynasty restored it, rebuilt it, and in a way made it more stable and firm. The pass of Mutianyu was fortified in 1404 during the Emperor Yongle’s reign, and it has a triangular formation of three interlinked watchtowers, which is quite rare and not often seen. A huge part of the section was fully restored in 1986, and what we see today is an attempt to make a fortification that completely resembles the one from 1568 in the Ming Dynasty.
Take the cable car to the top and alpine slide in return (CNY80 for both). This way you will not just spare your time and energy, but you will also have a great, adventurous ride downhill from the Wall. You will find a lot of restaurants, shops and fast food restaurants around the ticket offices area. Public toilets (CNY1) are available at the Wall.
If you want to visit the Mutianyu by public bus your starting point should be Dongzhimen Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽; Dongzhimen metro station, Exit E) where you should take bus #916快 (Express; kuai). Take bus #916快 (70 minutes; CNY12; 6:00-17:00 on every 20 minutes) and get off at the Huairou Bus Station. From there you can either take a minivan (20 minutes; CNY20-40 per person) or public bus H23, H24 (30 minutes; CNY10) to the Mutianyu ticket counters. The last bus from Huairou Bus Station to the Dongzhimen Transport Hub in Beijing leaves around 19:00.