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Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub

Sunday, August 11th, 2019
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Situated in the northeastern Beijing, Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub is one of the important transportation hubs in Beijing Transportation. The hub’s Chinese name is called “东直门交通枢纽”, which is often translated into different versions in English on the internet such as Dongzhimen Transit Hub, Dongzhimen Transportation Hub, Dongzhimen Public Transit Hub, Dongzhimen Transport Hub.

Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽) is mainly composed of three forms of public transport  – Dongzhimen Bus Station ( or officially called “Bus Transfer Hall”), Dongzhimen Subway Station ( Subway Line 2 and 13) and Dongzhimen Airport Express. These three forms of public transport are connected underground as a whole.

Dongzhimen Public Transport is housed in a huge business complex building lying on the northeastern corner of Dongzhimen Bridge. When talking about Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽), we very often refer it to Dongzhimen Bus Station ( Bus Transfer Hall of Dongzhimen Transport Hub).

For many passengers coming to Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub, they would go to Dongzhimen Bus Station that brings them to Huairou District (Mutianyu Great Wall), Miyun (Jinshanling or Simatai Great Wall), Pingu District  (Glass Sightseeing Platform) or Shunyi District since Dongzhimen Bus Station covers the public bus transport in the  northeast suburban area around Beijing.

There are mainly two entrances – the South Entrance and North Entrance to the Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub.

The South Entrance to the Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building.

The Bus Transfer Hall is mainly composed of two parts – North Platform and South Platform.

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building

The Bus Transfer Hall ( Dongzhimen Bus Station ) is on the first floor of the Dongzhimen Transport Hub Building.

Bus Schedule at North Platform of Bus Transfer Hall (Suburbs)

All buses at North Platform go to the suburbs of Beijing including Huairou (Mutianyu ), Miyun (Simatai and Jinshanling), Pinggu, South Railway Station and West Railway Station.Click “How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Public Bus” for more information.

Bus 916 Express to: Huairou Bus Station, then connect to Bus Dongtai (洞台) 23 or 24 for Mutianyu Great Wall)
Bus 915 to: Nancai Bus Station in Shunyi
Bus 852 and 918 express to: Pinggu Bus Station
Bus 980 to: Miyun Bus Station, connect a local van for Simatai Great Wall or  Jinshanling Great Wall )
Bus 823 to: Beijing West Railway Station
Bus 106 to: Beijing South Railway Station

Bus Schedule at South Platform of Bus Transfer Hall  ( Outer Suburbs)
Bus 401 to: Jiuxianqiao Department Store
Bus 132 to: Dongkou, Wanjingbei Road
Bus 404 to: East of Wanjing Beilu
Bus 123 to: Jinxing Department
Bus 418 to: Jinzhuang

How to get to Dongzhimen Bus Station ( Bus Transfer Hall ) by subway:

It is convenient to take subway line 2 and get off at Dongzhimen Subway Station, where you walk through the underground passage leading to Dongzhimen Bus Station, or interchange for Subway Line 13 or Airport Express.

Get off the Dongzimen Stop of Subway Line 2, walking through underground passages to the Bus Transfer Hall, Airport Express and Subway Line 13.

To the Bus Transfer Hall, Airport Express and Subway Line 13.

Public Bus 916 for Huairou ( further to Mutianyu Great Wall )

On the first floor – by the side of Mcdonald’s on the Bus Transfer Floor is the Bus 916 Express for Huairou.

Mcdonald’s

Line up for the Bus 916 Express at the bus fare of CNY 12 ( If you have a transportation card, you will be entitled to half price.).

Line up for the Bus 916 Express

There are totally 20 stops for Public Bus 916 and you get off at the 15th stop of Beidajie ( North Street – 北大街 in Huairou District ).

Then connect a local taxi ( about 50 yuan ) or connect the H23,or H24 for Mutianyu Great Wall.  The Bus Stop for Bus H23,or H24 is just across where you get off at Beidajie ( North Street in Huairou ). The bus fare is 5 yuan ( If you have a transportation card, you will be entitled to half price.).

Click “How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus” for the latest Mutianyu bus travel information.

Do you pay for your ticket while boarding the buses or do you need to buy them in advance?
1. Public Bus Service within downtown Beijing
Basically two options:

1) Buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. Boarding a bus, you swipe your card at the front door and swipe again at the back door again when you alight.

2)Be ready for coins and drop the coins or some value paper money into the slit of an iron box standing at the front of the bus by the driver.

Note: Tell your driver where you are going and he will tell how much you should pay.

2. Suburban Buses going to the outskirts of Beijing
Basically you also have the same two options:
1) Buy a Beijing bus IC card, a kind of transportation smart card. Boarding a bus, you swipe your card.
2)Be ready for coins and drop the coins or some value paper money into the slit of an iron box standing at the front of the bus by the driver.
Note: Tell your driver where you are going and he will tell how much you should pay.

3. Long-distance buses going to other cities
Basically you also have two options:
1) Buy your bus ticket at a ticketing office
2) Or you pay while boarding the bus to make up a ticket, but this option can not secure you a seat if your bus is overloaded.

For more information in public buses, check out the link: http://www.tour-beijing.com/public_bus/

Tip:  Hassle-free Great Wall Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to the Great Wall of China around Beijing:

Mutianyu  Great Wall Join-in Tour ( No Shopping )
Mutianyu Great Wall Private Tour ( No Shopping )
Jinshanling Great Wall Private Tour ( No shopping )
Simatai Great Wall Private Tour ( No Shopping )

Top 10 Mutianyu Great Wall Travel Tips

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Among over 1000 attractions in Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall is regarded as the top destination by numerous oversea travelers who have visited Beijing for the first time. There are tons of articles online or offine that give you detailed description of Mutianyu Great Wall itself.  Of course, I’m not going to parrot what they have written about Mutianyu Great Wall.   “Top Tips for visiting Mutian Great Wall” will offer you some practical travel tips for your maiden trip to the Wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

1.  Check for the Weather First
First ask for the weather and avoid hiking Mutianyu Great Wall in a hazy or blustery  day.  A smoggy day in particular will destroy your feeling with its low visibilty.  Check Beijing Realtime Photos for more climate information.

2. Be Aware of the Hawkers 
Some hawkers are very aggressive on the pathways up to the areas either for walking up or taking cable car up to the Wall.  Just ignore them!

3. Avoid  so-called “National travel Service”
Don’t use the travel service offered  by someone who claims that he or she is from “National travel Service”.  They often approach you at Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square or other hot sights and offer you cheap tours visiting Mutianyu Great Wall and other attractions. The trick is the hidden charges!

4.  Restored Section of the Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall is a restored section of the Wall with many tourists.  If you want to see an original section, you may go to the following sections:

Jinshanling Great Wall,
Gubeikou Great Wall
walk from Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall.

5. Three Ways up to the Mutianyu Wall ( 23 Towers from east to West with the 23th Tower sitting on the highest)
1) Walking up the Mutianyu  Great Wall along the stone steps – to the 10th or 8th Watch Tower
You have to walk uphill more than 20-30 minutes to see the Wall, a great deal of walking up a long hill. If you don’t have strong legs, you’d better take a cable car or chairlift up to the Wall.
2) Taking a cable car up to the Great Wall – up to the platform below the 14th Watch Tower
The platform below the 14th tower is wheelchair user friendly
3) Taking a chairlift to the Great  Wall – to the 6th Watch Tower where you can also take  Toboggan down.
Taking the slide down is quite interesting.  But when you slide down,  somebody may have taken a picture of you and you are charged for your picture. You may just ignore it.

So you have three ways up to the Wall, cable car, chairlift and on foot. There are road signs leading to the three directions.

6.  Taking a Taxi to the Mutianyu Great Wall
Going to Mutianyu Great Wall is not as convenient as to Badaling Great Wall.  You may take a private taxi if you travel with young kids or seniors. The  cost will be approx RMB350 to max RMB500 for the 180km two-way transfer, plus waiting time, which also depends on how you haggle with your taxi driver.

7. Taking the Public Bus to Mutianyu Great Wall
1) Take Tourist Bus No.867  to Mutianyu Great Wall Directly running to Mutianyu Great Wall 慕田峪长城  The Tourist Bus 867 operates two daily departures: Start at 7:00am and 8:30am; return at 2:00pm and 4:00pm Valid time: from March 15 – Nov 15 each year. From: Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub (东直门交通枢纽)

2) Bus No. 916 Express (916快)To: Mutianyu Great Wall 慕田峪长城 Important Notice: The final destination of the Bus 916 Express is actually Huairou Beidajie (怀柔北大街)in Huairou District, then you have to change for the local bus No.936 (Huairou – Dongtai 怀柔至洞台), continue to take the bus 936 (936路支线) for another 18.6km, pass 8 stops and get off at Mutianyu Great Wall finally.

8. Entrance Fees & Opening Hours
Entrance Fee: RMB45
Cable car: RMB 60 (single trip); RMB80 (round trip)
Slideway: RMB 60 (single trip); RMB80 (round trip)
Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00

9.  Mutianyu Great Wall  Wheelchair users
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 lane is from the upper cable car station to the platform below the 14th watch tower on Mutianyu Great Wall.

10. Miscellaneous Things
1. Cap, sun-glasses, sunscreen (summer);  thick winter clothes ( winter ) and bottles of water
2. Using toilets at the entrance of the Wall. No toilets on the hiking route. Please always carry toilet paper by yourself.
3. You are responsible for your travel insurrance for your coverage of injury or accident.
4. Be a green and responsible hiker, taking nothing but photos and leaving nothing but footprint.

Add on:  How to Visit Badaling Great Wall by Train
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