Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall in Beijing

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Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall in Beijing

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, at 22 km long, is the longest section that is restored and open to tourists. Mutianyu (Admire Fields Valley) is located in Huairou County, Beijing, about 80km (a 2.5 hour journey) from the city center. It is open from 7:30am to 5:20pm. The Mutianyu area to visit the wall as it is less crowded than Badaling. There are three ways to head up and down beside hiking on foot. One is the cable car, the other is a slideaway (toboggan) and the other is a chair lift. A lot of vendors will greet you on your way down. Look at their products from afar first before you get closer to them. Once you go into a shop you'll have a hard time getting away from the vendor so make sure you like what you see before you start haggling.
Construction began on this section of the Great Wall in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577). During the reign of Emperor Hongwu (1368-1398), General Xu Da rebuilt the Great Wall on its original foundation. The Mutianyu Pass was erected in 1404 (the 2nd year of Emperor Yongle's reign). Construction was finished on the Wall at Mutainyu, as it now stands, when General Qi Jiguang was transferrel to Jizhou to command the garrison area in 1568 (the 2nd year of Emperor Longqing's reign).
The Great Wall at Mutianyu has 22 watchtowers, about one every kilometer, on overlapping mountain ranges. The wall, built with slabs of granite, is seven or eight meters high and four or five meters wide. It is crenellated on both sides with bricks. Horse snares were placed outside the wall to offer enhanced protection and ward off attacks. The wall provides better protection and ward off attacks with Juyongguan in the west and Gubeikou in the east.
With the greens of pines and cypresses covering ninety percent of the surrounding area, the scenery here is beautiful all the year round.
Mutianyu Great Wall works as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. It is a green section of the great wall in Beijing with vegetation, green pines and cypresses covering 90 per cent of the section.

Entrance Fee: RMB35
Opening Hours: 07:30 to 17:30
Hiking Time: Two and a half hours
How to get there: Take Bus no 916 or take tourist Bus No. 6 at Xuanwumen Gate. Alternatively, you could take a China Highlights tour and let us take the hassle out of getting to this excellent section of the Great Wall.