"Mutianyu Great Wall" Great Wall of China - Mutianyu Tip by cal6060

Great Wall of China - Mutianyu, Beijing: 92 reviews and 242 photos

  Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
by cal6060
 
  • Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing - Beijing
      Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
    by cal6060
  • Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing - Beijing
      Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
    by cal6060
  • Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing - Beijing
      Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
    by cal6060
  • Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing - Beijing
      Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
    by cal6060
  • Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing - Beijing
      Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing
    by cal6060
 

I learned that Mutianyu has less crowd than any other great wall. So, I decided to go there with great expectation of natural beauty surrounding the great wall with less tourists. I went there during National Holiday, they have special tourist buses for this route. Well, it is true that it is less crowded than Badaling Great Wall that I visited last year on a normal day. The unique part of this Great Wall is that it has many watchtowers with rich historical stories. I found the Zhenguantaiand the Big Corner Tower has the ancient architectural beauty.

Mutianyu Great Wall has 2.5km stretch of the wall allowing you to walk within 2 hours. It was first built between 550 to 577 during Northern Qi Dynasty. During Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Xu DA, the founding general of Ming Dynasty, built and restored wall from Shanhaiguan all the way to Mutianyu.

The signboard was written as:

" Mutianyu is located in Huairou District of Beijing. According to historical literatures, this section of the Great Wall was built under the supervision of General Xu DA of the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang in the early Ming Dynasty. In 1987, it was selected as one of the top 16 Beijing scenes. In 1992, it was one of the top tourist spots in Beijing. In 2002, Mutianyu was acknowledge as an AAAA tourist resort for it showed the best part of the Great Wall. On November 11 1990, President Jiang Zemin wrote the inscription "the Great Wall-Mutianyu" for the resort.
This section of the Great Wall was built in a unique way. Here the many watchtowers and passes were built on the steep mountain. Forts were built on the two sides of the Great Wall. There were three watchtowers and a tower called "Zhengguantai", which could be rarely seen on the Great Wall. The northwest part of the Great Wall was constructed on the 1,000-m-high mountain ridge. The "arrow nock" and "lying eagle" sections were laid on the precipitous cliffs. This section of the Great Wall goes along the mountain ridge like flying dragon.
The Great Wall-Mutianyu is also a resort featuring beautiful scenes all year round with a forest coverage rate of 96% - flowers in spring, brooks in summer, red leaves in autumn and snow in winter. Mutianyu has been well-known home and aboard as one of the best places to see the Great Wall. "

Also read Cableway & Slidewayto see the options to get up there!

Transportation tip to Mutianyu Great Wall.

Admission: Y45

In Chinese: 幕田峪长城 (Mu Tian Yu Chang Cheng)

Directions: 60km North of Center Beijing.
Phone: 61626022
Website: http://www.mutianyugreatwall.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 8, 2013
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Comments (2)

  • DaHongHua's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    Nice tips of the Great Wall. Thank you.

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Looks rather crowded for Mutianyu - but you did go on a public holiday. When I walked here - also some years ago now -it was much less crowded. I walked from Mutianya to Badaling and the latter certainly is busier (an much more artifical given the amount of reconstruction of the walk that has taken place there. Walking between the two solves the usual question people have -- should I go to Mutianya or Badaling .

    • cal6060's Profile Photo
      May 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Hi Albert, yeah you are right.. It was the public holiday that's why it was crowded. Anyway, I believe it is more crowded everyday also due to the higher standard of living among the local Chinese spending on traveling and leisure. I would definitely choose Mutianyu over Badaling!

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