"Quiet farms in the hills - below Mutianyu" Huanghuacheng Off The Beaten Path Tip by mke1963
Huanghuacheng Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 1 photos
One of the nicest areas in Beijing is the succession of valleys immediately north of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
By leaving the wall at the Mutianyu Pass Fort, where there is a toliet block, you can walk down the gentle valley into a quiet area, devoid of tourists.
For thousands of years these valleys were all terraced, but many of the terraces fell into disrepair during the 1960s and 70s. Now the local farmers are reviving the orchards. The range of nuts and fruits is quite incredible and you can buy peaches, cherries, plums, apples, walnuts, almonds, and apricots at the side of the rad, or - best of all - from a farmer harvesting the tree.
Peace, quiet, fresh fruit and nuts. It's a tranquil scene, far removed from the Forbidden City and spitting taxi drivers.