"Beautiful and Uncrowded" Great Wall - Mutianyu Tip by schwein
Great Wall - Mutianyu, Beijing: 78 reviews and 214 photos
Mutianyu is a much better area of the wall to visit than Badaling.
It's far less crowded (with tourists and salespeople alike!) and offers a much better experience. I think we saw less than 20 other people on the top the whole time we were there.
Skip the chairlift that operates, and do the hike up. The hike is easier than they say, nice, and on well marked trails.
Took about 15-20 minutes to get to tower 8 on the wall from the ticketbooth, although the booth said it was an hour's climb.
Access to the park is granted through one of two ticket gates: North or South entrance. Tickets are 45 yuan for adults, with the lifts being extra. Your ticket is a mini-cd in a cardboard sleeve. The sleeve has a barcode on the back, and is scanned at the entrance turnstile.
Use the bathrooms at the bottom before heading up, as the few bathrooms on top were all closed.
I brought a picnic lunch and drinks in a backpack, but it was un-necessary as there was the odd local on the wall selling drinks and snacks that they had carried up.
There are 20 towers open to tourists on this stretch of wall, with the wall stretching between them.
This area was restored/rebuilt in 1988, and stretches for about 2.5-3km end to end.
We hiked the entire length, and even past the marked restored area to the western unrestored area.
It's sure not flat, and is quite steep in some sections, but is definately worth seeing the wall in it's pristine un-touched state.
Address: Huairou district, Beijing
Directions: Aprox 85km north-east of downtown Beijing.
You can hire a taxi driver from your hotel, who will take you, wait, and return you to your hotel, for a flat rate fee.
Don't pay more than 600 for the return drive and wait time, or you're getting hosed.
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