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Mutianyu Great Wall Travel Tips

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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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.   “Tips for visiting Mutian Great Wall” will offer you some practical travel tips for your maiden trip to the Wall.

Check out my another article How to visit Mutianyu Great Wall for more information.

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall in autumn

1.  Check for the Weather First

First check out 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.  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 

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 500 RMB for the 180km two-way transfer, plus waiting time, which also depends on how you haggle with your taxi driver.

Mutianyu Great Wall 75km north of downtown Beijing (Google)

7. Taking the Public Bus to Mutianyu Great Wall

Dongzhimen Wai Bus Station – Mutianyu Great Wall Special Tourism Bus

Check out my another article How to visit Mutianyu Great Wall for more information.

Start Time:
Leaving at 8:30 am from Dongzhimen Wai Bus Station ( 东直门外公交车站)
Return time

Leaving at 4:00 pm at Parking No.01 at Mutianyu (景区P1停车场)
Bus Fare: 30 yuan ( One Way) Dont’ Accept transportation cards
How to buy tickets: Pay cash on board
The ticket selling starts half an hour early and the bus will go with a full load.
Note: The bus ride takes about 1 hour and 40 min. Just wait at the sign and basically sometimes a lady in uniform will direct you to the correct bus. ( Be vigilant and don’t get to any “black” bus or van.)
Enquiry phone number: 96166

Add-on

Mutianyu Great Wall in Autumn
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
Beijing Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
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 Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Dongzhimen Public Transport Hub

Thursday, August 5th, 2021
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Situated in the northeastern Beijing city proper, 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 Traffic Hub, Dongzhimen Transit Hub, Dongzhimen Transportation Hub, Dongzhimen Public Transit Hub, Dongzhimen Transport Hub, etc.

Dongzhimen Traffic Hub to the northeast of Dongzhimen Station (Subway)

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 ( then change for 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

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.

Bus 916 Express to: Huairou Bus Station, then connect to Bus Dongtai (洞台) 23 or 24 for Mutianyu Great Wall)
Please check out: How to visit Mutianyu Great Wall for more information.

Bus 915 to: Nancai Bus Station in Shunyi

Bus 852 and 918 express to: Pinggu Bus Station (Further to Pinggu Sightseeing Glass Platform. Please check out the link: How to visit Pinggu Sightseeing Glass Platform for more travel information.

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

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 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 visit Mutianyu Great Wall” for the latest Mutianyu bus travel information.

Do you pay for your bus tickets?

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: Beijing Public Bus.

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.