Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Road, Huairou District, Beijing
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- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, History, Nature / wildlife
Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of Mutianyu Great Wall
For first-timers, families and senior travellers, I always recommend Mutianyu Great Wall. Just an hour north of Beijing by road, this restored section offers the best balance of visual spectacle, infrastructure (cable cars, restaurants, gift stalls) and accessibility, while being much less crowded than Badaling.
Dating back to the early Ming dynasty, its 22 granite watchtowers are spaced out at 100 metre intervals (do the maths) featuring some dramatic dips and ascents, but you can tackle as much or as little as you like. The precipitous mountain setting was a strategic vantage point from which the Chinese guarded against the barbarian hordes to the north. That threat might be long silenced, but don’t be surprised if you get chased up the battlements by nimble hawkers brandishing Snickers bars and chilled bottles of beer.
Expect to pay around 300 RMB for a day trip here (travel included) if you book a tour through your hotel. Add 45 RMB on top if you resort to the cable car (each way), or 55 RMB if you opt to demount the battlements via the marvellously hair-raising toboggan run.
More information on Mutianyu Great Wall:
- Price guide:
- Historic site, Landmark / monument
- Mutianyu Road, Huairou District, Beijing
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Daily 8am-4pm
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Great Wall