Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall Introduction
Mutianyu is located in Beijing’s Huairou District, 73 kilometers from Beijing. The Mutianyu section is one of the newest 16 tourist attractions in Beijing and one of the most symbolic parts of the Great Wall of China. Mutianyu has a unique construction with densely located Watch Towers and important mountain passes. The other famous sections such as Jiankou, Ox Horn Edge and Ying Fei Dao Yang are all located to the west of Mutianyu. This section is mountainous and 90% is covered by trees and orchards.
Dating back to 550-577 B.C. the Mutianyu Great Wall was built in the Northern Qi Dynasty and later restored in the Ming Dynasty. This section of the wall is built mainly with the use of granite and was once the northern barrier to protect the imperial tombs. Today, Mutianyu is said to be the best preserved section and the best construction quality in comparison with the other parts of the Great Wall. Mutianyu is 22 kilometers in length and 5 meters wide with a total of 22 watchtowers.
Mutianyu is located in Huairou County, 73 kilometers northeast of Beijing.
1. Take bus No.936 at Dongzhimen Wai Street to Mutianyu Great Wall. The buses begin at 7:00AM and the last bus runs from Mutianyu Great Wall to Dongzhimen Wai Station at 5:30PM. The bus ticket of a single trip costs 16RMB. As there are many 936 bus branch lines, visitors are suggested to ask the bus driver to make sure the 936 bus they will take is the tour bus to Mutianyu Great Wall.
2. You can also take bus No. 867 at Dongzhimen Station straight to Mutianyu Great Wall. However, this bus route is only available from 15th March – 15th November annually. Buses leave Dongzhimen Station for Mutianyu at 7:00AM and 8:30AM. Buses from Mutianyu returning to Dongzhimen are available at 2:00PM and 4:00PM.
Admission CNY 45
Mutianyu should prove to be a rather smooth hike which poses no major risks as it has been restored. There are also less crowds in comparison to Badaling and there are cable cars services. There are also handrails along the steep sections to aid those who require a little help along the way.
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