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.
Feeling fit? From the northernmost limit of Mutianyu you can hop over the barriers and hike the wild Wall all the way to Jiankou. It should take an extra three hours at a moderate pace, so you should either arrange a pick-up from Jiankou village or stay in one of the (very) rustic guesthouses there.
Arrive early to beat the crowds and snap the best photographs.
Bring cash – hawkers up and down the Wall sell water, cold beers and even ice-creams, at a hefty mark-up, of course.
Many budget tours make pesky stops at ‘silk factories’ and jade stores on the way to and from the Wall. Check before booking.
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Nature / wildlife