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How to Visit Great Wall of China Wheelchair Accessible

Thursday, August 5th, 2021
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Of all the 10 major sections of Great Wall around Beijing, both Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall have accessible facilities for wheelchair users with accessible paths and elevators.

Mutianyu Great Wall is generally billed as the most favorite by foreign visitors. It is more picturesque and less crowded than Badaling Great Wall which is always packed with the horde of domestic tourists no matter on weekdays or weekends and public holidays.

But when it comes to the question of which section of the Great Wall is more wheelchair user-friendly, Badaling Great Wall has the upper hand over Mutianyu Great Wall with its gentle ramp leading to the first watch tower of the Great Wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Unlike Badaling Great Wall with its wall and first watch tower starting from the ground ( the gate of the pass ), the whole Mutianyu Great Wall is perched high on the mountain ridge and you have to either climb up or take a cable car up on to the Wall.

When you get off the ferry shuttle bus at the parking lot in Mutianyu, you still need to push your wheelchair all the way for about 600 meters along an uneven stone path leading up to the cable station.

A 600-meter steep ramp
A 600-meter ramp slope.

Again once you get off the cable station on the mountain, you need to push your wheelchair on a very steep ramp for about 80 meters and get to the platform below the 14th watch tower of Mutianyu Great Wall.

On the Mutianyu Great Wall, wheelchair users may take a cable car up and then use the accessible lane leading to the platform below the 14th watch tower for a good view of Mutianyu Great Wall.

The accessible paths in Mutianyu Great wall

The accessible lane from the upper cable car station to the platform below the 14th watch tower on Mutianyu Great Wall.

Again a very steep ramp for about 80 meters
Again a very steep ramp for about 80 meters

The view taken from the platform below the 14th tower is awesome!

The view taken from The platform below the 14th tower is awesome.
The view taken from The platform below the 14th tower is awesome.

The way down is a lot easier than on the way up.

Badaling Great Wall 

On the Badaling Great Wall, a special flat lane is built for wheelchair users to get to the third watch tower of the Great Wall.

Even two elevators are equipped for easy ascending the wall if you book the elevator service in advance ( But most of the time the elevators are just closed!).

 Gentle ramp leading up Badaling Great Wall.
Gentle ramp leading up Badaling Great Wall.

Basically it is more convenient to use its smooth and gentle ramp leading up to Badaling Great Wall.

You don’t need to  use the cable car. The area for the upper cable station is not wheelchair-friendly and teem with domestic tourists.

The cable car goes up to somewhere below Tower No. 08 and No. 09. When you take cable car up, basically you will see large crowds of people on the Wall (especially on holidays).

From the cable car station on the upper slope, you can either hike to Tower 8 or Tower 9. It is relatively easier to hike up to Tower 9 while it is a bit harder to walk up to Tower 8. To hike up to Tower 8, you have to climb over a steep slope known as “Haohanpo” ( a real hero”slope” ), or 好汉坡 in Chinese. Or you may just skip over it.

But in your case, so we recommend you walk slowly from Tower 01 up to somewhere on the northern section of the Wall to your comfort and back instead of taking a cable car.

Badaling is more wheelchair-friendly than Mutianyu Great Wall. On the Badaling Great Wall, there is a special flat lane is built for wheelchair users starting from Tower 1 to Tower 3 of the Wall. The accessible path is flat and not deep. So you can walk slowly along the accessible path to the Tower 3 and walk further for a better view if you can.

Badaling Great Wall
Badaling Great Wall

Comparatively, Badaling Great Wall is more accessible for wheelchair users and you don’t have to pay the 100 yuan cable car.

Ticket Price: RMB40 (Nov. 1 to Mar. 31); RMB 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31)
Cable Car: RMB80 (single trip); RMB100 (round trip)
Toboggan: RMB30 (single trip);
Opening Hours:06:30-19:00 (in summer); 07:00-18:00 (in winter)
Bus Route: Take Bus No.877 or No. 919 at Deshengmen, RMB12 for ticket.
S Train: Take S train from Huangtudian Railway Station and get off at the station of Badaling.

Add-on

How to Visit Great Wall of China
How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Train
How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Bus
How to Get to Simatai Great Wall & Gubei Water Town
How to Visit Mutianyu Great Wall
How to Visit Great Wall of China in Winter
How to Visit Great Wall of China Wheelchair Accessible

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


How to Plan a Trip to Beijing
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.