Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall hike is a very famous hiking route from which you can enjoy the amazing wild Jiankou view and the rebuilt Mutianyu Great Wall. Even take the toboggan down from Mutianyu.This hike is about 12kmswhichis good for people who like climb Mountains and exercise. If you want to hike Jiankou, you should get to Xizhazi village 2 DUI or called Nanjili Cun (西栅子村2队, 南吉利).
What to bring during this hike?
Pack plenty of water. Even if you plan to hike for just a couple of hours, you do not want to run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Plan at least 1 L per person of this hiking.
Wear supportive, closed footwear and comfortable socks. Hiking boots are best. If you do not have boots, wear comfortable shoes with thick supportive soles.
Wear comfortable clothes in layers that you can remove or add as needed.Check the weather report, Check the weather pack rain gear or umbrella.
Wear a hat and sunscreen. Pack additional sunscreen.
Somewhere along the trail, you will probably get hungry, so you should pack something like GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts).
If you are going to climb the dangerous part and not confident of your physical level bring a hiking stick with you.
I hiked the Jiankou by bus in last August, below is how I made it to Group 2 (2 Dui). There are only 1 bus H25 can go to Xizhazi village which ends at Group 5 (5 Dui).The bus runs 2 times each day from Huairou Yujiayuan bus station.(11:30 am and 4:30 pm). It is obvious you can only take the bus at 11:30 am. So wake up early in the morning and get the bus on time. Overview: 1. Take 916 Express （916快）from Dongzhimen bus Hub (东直门公交枢纽)to Yangjiayuan（杨家园） 2. Walk 900meters to Yujiayuan station.(于家园) 3. Take H25 to Xizhazi village 4. Get off the bus from Group 3 5. Walk 10 minutes to Group 2 (Nanjili 南吉利) 6. Enjoy the 4 hours hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu
The cost of the trip:
916bus to Yangjiayuan（杨家园站）.…12RMB
H25 to xizhazi village 3dui(西栅子村3队) …8RMB.
If you have a Beijing yikatong (metro card 公交卡) ，you can enjoy 50% discount on the transfer which is only 10RMB.
1. Take 916 Express （916快）from Dongzhimen bus Hub (东直门公交枢纽)to Yangjiayuan（杨家园）
FromDongzhimen Bus Hub（东直门公交枢纽） toYangjiayuan station （杨家园）.I got to Dongzhimen station about 8 am( if you run late, you may miss the bus). There are very clear signs guide you from the subway station to the bus station. Just follow the signs to Bus Transfer Hall. The 916 Express (916 快)runs every 5 minutes from 5:50 am to 7:50 pm. It takes about 1 hour to get to Yangjiayuan station（杨家园）. There are a lot of tourists get off from Huairoubeidajie(怀柔北大街)， because they want to visit Mutianyu Great Wall. Yangjiayuan（杨家园） is the next station.
2. Walk 900meters to Yujiayuan station.(于家园)
After getting off at Yangjiayuan station from 916express. Just walk 10 minutes to get to Yujiayuan station. Follow the map.
Yujiayuan is a big bus station where you will find a lot of people wait for the bus.
3. Take H25 to Xizhazi village
The biggest problem for travelers is I didn’t find the station board for H25 in this station. I was a bit nervous. A few drivers come to me offer the private taxi to Xizhazi with 120RMB. I choose to wait, if there is no bus come, I may use the taxi. Fortunately, I waited till 11:30 am, the bus comes very on time. （The station board may be taken away by these taxi drivers, haha, it happens a lot when you travel! The bus was big, clean, AC and not crowded at all.
4. Get off the bus from Group 3
It took me about1 hour to get to Xizhazi village. When I find the bus get to this wood gate the village is nearby. Tell the bus conductor you want to get off from Group 3 (3队).
5. Walk 10 minutes to Group 2 (Nanjili 南吉利)
After get off from Group 3, walk 150meters to get the branch way from the right picture.
6. Enjoy the 4 hours hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu
The road in this village was rebuilt this year. There is only 1 main road leading up to the wall. 1 hour later I got to Zhengbeilou tower (正北楼).You can walk down from the wall almost from all the gate open to your right hand. If you get tired you can choose to take the cable car on Tower 14(Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt, the use numbers to name the tower. There are 23 towers in this sections). If you like to do the toboggan, you should walk to tower 6 and buy the tickets. (Cable car and toboggan tickets are both 100RMB )
1. How do I know the right station to get off the bus?
One: There is station broadcast on the bus, so you can hear the station. Yangjiayuan station（杨家园）. Two: There are a lot of tourists take the same bus to Mutianyu Great Wall. But they will get off from Huairou Beijdajie(怀柔北大街).Yangjiayuan station(杨家园站) is the next station. Three: Show the bus conductor the name in Chinese. He normally will tell you when you arrive the statin. Four: This is the picture of the station.
2. Which station should we get off from H25? If we don’t speak Chinese what should we do?
You should get off from 3dui(3队)
The bus normally takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to xizhazi.
Show the conductor this:西栅子村3队.
Or show them this picture and they understand where you want to go.
You also need to pay attention to the road when you almost arrival.