Mutianyu Great Wall & Tours
The Mutianyu section of Great Wall is located in Huairou district, about 80 km north from downtown Beijing. The Mutianyu Great Wall is less crowded than Badaling Great Wall.
There are three ways to head up and down beside hiking on foot. The first is to go up by the cable car, the second is to use a slideaway (toboggan) and the third is to take a chair lift.
A lot of vendors will greet you on your way down. Look at their products from afar first before you get closer to them. Once you go into a shop you'll have a hard time getting away from the vendor so make sure you like what you see before you start haggling.
Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in Northern Qi (550-577). In Ming Dynasty, General Xu Da constructed the Great Wall on its former base. The Mutianyu Pass was built in 1404. The fortifications and the Great Wall here are featured by many watchtowers on overlapping mountain ranges. The wall, built with slabs of stone, is crenellated on both sides with bricks. The wall provides better protection and ward off attacks with Juyongguan in the west and Gubeikou in the east.
Mutianyu Great Wall works as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. It is a green section of the great wall in Beijing with vegetation, green pines and cypresses covering 90 per cent of the section.
Entrance Fee: RMB40
Cable car: RMB 45
Slideway: RMB 55
Opening Hours: 07:30 to 17:30
Hiking Time: Two and a half hours
How to get there:
1) Tourists can use the Public Bus No.936 at Dongzhimen to Mutianyu Great Wall. The Public Bus 936 goes from 07:00am and 15:00 on every one hour from Dongzhimen to Mutianyu Great Wall. The bus ticket RMB 16.
2) Visitors use the Bus No.916 at Dongzhimen and get off at Mingzhu Square (Huairou International Conference Center), and change for a mini-bus to Mutianyu Great Wall.
3) There is a tourism bus line no.6 going from April 15 to Oct.15. You can take it at Dong Si Shi Tiao Bridge, Hangtian Bridge, Gongzhufen, Xuanwumen and Heping Street North End. The bus is operated between 06:30 and 08:00. The ticket costs RMB 36 for the common bus and RMB 45 for the air-conditioned bus.
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