The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall of China is easily reached from Beijing City center and is good for a day-trip combined with a visit to the Ming Tombs. The Mutianyu Section is a little farther away than other sections of the Great Wall and is therefore less crowded with tourists. It offers beautiful views of the snaking Wall as it undulates over mountains into the distance and is fortified by a number of watchtowers that visitors can climb up into for views of the surrounding area.
43 miles (70 km) northreast of Beijing
Construction of the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall began during the Northern Dynasties period (386-581) and was restored by Ming emperors between 1368-1644. It historically provided a northern border to Beijing and is connected to Juyongguan Pass in the west and the Guibeikou Section of the Great Wall in the east.
- 1.4 miles (2,250m) long
- 22 blockhouses and watchtowers
- 26 feet (7-8m) high and 20 feet (4-6m) wide
- No. 6 Tourist Bus
- Beijing stops:
- Xuan Wu Men - NE corner of intersection
- Dong Si She Tiao - NW subway entrance
- An Ding men - SW subway entrance
- Beijing stops:
- Taxi hire
- Private tour: from RMB 1,500 for the day, includes guide, driver and transportation in private car
- Admission: RMB 35
- Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p,m.
- Recommended time for visit: allow 2-3 hours
- Best time to visit: Autumn for changing foliage and best chances of clear views
- Wear comfortable shoes, sections of the Wall are very steep
- Take the chair lift up, but opt for the slide on the way down
- Another easy section to visit from Beijing is the Badaling Section.
Here's a great review of the Mutianyu Section from our Adventure Travel Guide.