WHY DO YOU CHOOSE TO VISIT MUTIANYU GREAT WALL?
1. The most important reason is fully rebuilt.
As the Great Wall of China is very long and old, most of the wall is not easy to walk. There are many sections of the Wall rebuilt, such as Badaling, Jinshanling, Simatai, and Mutianyu. It is easy for people to travel and the facilities are very good with cable cars, and restaurants nearby or even next to the wall. So no matter how fit you are, you can visit Mutianyu Great Wall.
2. Close to Beijing.
Badaling, Juyongguan and Mutianyu are the closest sections from Beijing within 80kms. Badaling and Juyongguan are always full of big Chinese group, so Mutianyu is your choice if you don’t want to spend too much time on the road. Get to Mutianyu only takes 1:15 minutes drive from downtown Beijing (in good traffic)
3. Family-friendly — TOBOGGAN for kids and cable car for seniors
There is not much to say, the kids love to slide down from the Great Wall which they can remember forever.
TO TOUR OR NOT TO TOUR
A lot of travel bloggers will tell you that they never take tours, as though its somehow beneath them to travel in such a ‘touristy’ way. Stuff that. Of course, the tours, as well as the tour guide service very often give a more enhanced experience. However, that’s not always the case and if you’re able to go it alone (and save some dollars in the process), why not. In the case of visiting the Mutianyu Great Wall, I’d say take a tour is not a MUST. With my instructions below on how to get to the wall, get the tickets and get around the Wall is all covered. Now, let’s get down to the details of how to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall – there’s quite a lot of information in here but as you’ll come to realize, getting to see Great Wall isn’t quite as simple as turn up, buy the ticket, take the photo. Stick with me. I’ll try to make it as painless as possible.
Of course with a good tour guide, always makes your trip more interesting which is not only make sure you are not get lost.
How to get to Mutianyu Great Wall?
You can either take a taxi or choose the public bus to go to. Bus 916 express to Mutianyu is very easy takes about 2 hours. Take the subway to Dongzhi station– Take 916 express to Huairoubeidajie–transfer H23 to Mutianyu. More detail
If you do a layover tour from Beijing airport, you should read this: How to get to Mutianyu Great Wall from Beijing Airport?
HOW TO HIKE MUTIANYU GREAT WALL
1. HOW TO GET TO MUTIANYU GREAT WALL FROM THE MAIN GATE
When you get to the Mutianyu Great Wall, no matter by bus or by car, you will get to the MAIN GATE first to buy the tickets. If you decide to take the cable car or toboggan, you can buy the tickets here, or you can buy the tickets from the entrance down the wall.
Take the shuttle bus is recommended.
From the main gate to the entrance is still 2 km away, the round way shuttle bus is 15RMB which can help you save a lot of time. But it is still not difficult to walk(30 minutes walk with medium speed).
2. HOW TO DECIDE WHICH WAY TO USE TO GO UP THE GREAT WALL？
There are 3 ways you can use: Cable car, Chairlift and walk.
Before you decide which tickets to buy, it is better to know how would you like to hike the Mutianyu.
Here are 3 of my favorite ways to visit Mutianyu:
1. Chairlift up to tower 6—-Walk to tower 10—-Walk back to tower 6—-Toboggan down
From tower 6 to tower 10 is very flat, easy walk with a beautiful view. It is good for family with kids.
2. Cable car up to tower 14—-Walk to tower 20—- Walk back to tower 14—-Cable car down
From tower 14 to tower 17 is flat, with a beautiful view, as people over 60 years old are not allowed to take the toboggan. So this is for people who don’t interesting in toboggan or senior visitors.
3. Cable car up to tower 14—-Walk to tower 6 —- Take the toboggan down
This route is a easy hike since from tower 14 to tower 6 is all down hill, so you can save a lot of energy. The view is great. The only thing you should know: You need buy both the cable car ticket and the toboggan ticket.
Hike up is tough but not impossible: Allow around one hour to climb the 3000+ steps. There are 3 entrances you can go for the hike. 2 of them at the Cable car and toboggan station. The 3rd one is between the toboggan and cable car which is called China stone museum.
Cable car: The cable car takes you to tower 14, you can walk to tower 20 or even more, the view is excellent. You need about 1.5 hours.
Toboggan: For those who really want to trek miles more for the experience, single-rider toboggans descend (at a safe speed) from the east end of the wall to the valley. The Chairlift takes you to tower 6; you can choose to walk the challenge part to tower 1. Or take the easy walk to tower 10. The views from both sides are magnificent.
Entrance and shuttle bus
|Opening Hours||March 16 to November 15: Monday-Friday: 07:30-18:00; Weekends: 07:30-18:30November 16 to March 15: 8:00-17:00|
|Admission||Adults: 45 RMB Seniors elder than 60: 25 RMB (valid ID or passport required) Children between 1.2 and 1.4 meters (3.9 and 4.6 feet): 25RMBChildren under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) are admitted free.|
Cable car and Toboggan
|Slide or Toboggan||Round-trip||120RMB||60RMB|
|Open time||March 16 to November 15: 08:00-17:00 November 16 to March 15: 08:30-16:30|
Note: Children between 1.2 and 1.4 meters (3.9 and 4.6 feet) can enjoy the student price. More than 1.4 meters should pay adults price. Children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) are admitted free.
Restaurants / Cafes near Mutianyu
XinShuangQuan Restaurant, Chinese restaurant, Food include Kung Pow Chicken, Sauteed Mushrooms, and Local Barbecue Fish. One of the few local restaurants opens late. 30-50yuan per person. Open time: 8:30am–7:00pm. Phone: (010)61621633 Xiaolongpu Restaurant, dishes from around China, including Sichuan, Canton, Northeast, and even Beijing. A good place for a quick meal to or from Mutianyu. 30-50yuan per person. Open time: 8:30am–7:00pm. Phone: (010)61621322 Fish Chef, near Mutianyu Roundabout famous for the rainbow trout barbecue, 30-50yuan per person. Open time: 7:30am–10:30pm. Phone: (010)61621024 Xierlaoman dumpling restaurant, near the shuttle bus station, 50yuan per person.Open time: 7:30am–10:30pm. Phone: 13811546052
What’s the Best Time of Year to Visit?
That’s a matter of opinion, but Leo prefers the fall. By then, the summer crowds have eased, and so usually has the heat — that’s especially important if you’re climbing up to the top of Great Wall.
What does the weather like at Mutianyu Great Wall?
Spring Throughout the spring months, (April to May) temperatures in Beijing rise quickly day to day. They also vary greatly (around 12C-14C) between day and night. Summer Summer months in this city (June to August) are long and hot with plenty of rainfall. With the exception of the hilly areas, the monthly average temperature is above 28C (82F). Autumn Autumn (September to October) is perhaps the most attractive season in this city when there is plenty of sunshine and cooler temperatures around 20C (68F).
Winters in this city (November to March) are cold. A trip during these months may be a shock to visitors from tropical countries. The monthly average temperature is below 0C (32F) from December to February.
Check the daily weather:
China Weather report of Mutianyu Great Wall: http://en.weather.com.cn/weather/10101050009A.shtml