About Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall of Mutianyu is a 6th-century section of the Great Wall of China. Located in the Huairou area just north of Beijing, this section is less touristy than most and is older than the popular Badaling section.

Arrive early in the morning to avoid the rush hour traffic, crowds and high temperatures that come with the midday heat. Walking up the 1,400 steps to the wall takes around an hour depending on the pace, and those less able can take a cable car or chair lift instead.

Once atop the granite wall, climb between the defensive watchtowers and learn about their history as you go. The best scenery can be found between tower 14 and 24, while sweeping panoramic views are available from tower 1. After, take an exhilarating descent back down to Mutianyu Village by using the toboggan ride.

Getting there

The Great Wall of Mutianyu sits just under a two-hour drive from downtown Beijing. Alternatively, you can catch a train from Beijing South Railway Station or take a bus directly from the city centre.