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Mutianyu Great Wall

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Overview
Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70 km northeast of central Beijing. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall was opened to tourists on May 1, 1986. A new 4,000-meter-long pathway has been constructed from the road. It can also be reached by cable car.

History
First built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, the Mutianyu section is older than the Badaling section of the Great Wall, and reconstructed later during the Ming Dynasty. 

when Emperor Yongle returned north and reestablished Beijing as the capital, he was exposed to attack on three sides. Harassment increased after the reign of Emperor Zhengtong, so work was begun to strengthen and lengthen the wall at Yalu River in the east. In the mid-Ming years, the noted General Qi Jiguang was transferred from the south. As Military Superintendent of Jizhen, he built observation towers and provided storage areas for military weapons. 

In 1404, a pass was built in the wall. 

In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt and till today most parts of it are well preserved. The Mutianyu Great Wall has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall.

Architecture
Built mainly with granite, the wall is 7–8.5 metres high and the top is 4–5 metres wide. Compared with other sections of Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its construction. The highest observation tower in the Mutianyu section is 540 meters above sea level. Crenels and shooting holes are part of the solid construction. To the east, the Great Wall continues across the mountain ridges, to the west, it enters a point of strategic importance at a peak 1,044 meters above sea level.

Besides, this section of Great Wall is surrounded by woodland and streams. The forest-coverage rate is over 90 percent.

How To Visit The Mutianyu Great Wall

You have three ways of getting to the Mutianyu Great Wall:
1.Taking a cable car up to theGreat Wall -to the 14th Watch Tower.
2.Taking a chairlift to the Great Wall - to the 6th Watch Tower.
3.Taking a chairlift to the Great Wall - to the 6th Watch Tower 3) Walking up the Great Wall along the stone steps (like a mountain hike - 50 minute hike ) - to the 10th Watch Tower.

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Information
Location:  Huairou District
Admission Fee:  CNY 35
Tel: 86-10-61626873, 86-10-61626022
Opening Hours:
April to October: 7:00 - 18:00
November to March: 7:30 - 17:30

How to get there
Tourist Bus No. 6 from Xuanwumen, Qianmen and Dongsi Shitiao; or take Bus No. 916 from Dongzhimen to Huairou, and then change to a local bus or hire a taxi (17 km);

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Mosted Asked Questions about Mutianyu Great Wall

1. Do we need bring our passport to enter the Mutianyu Great Wall?

Passport is not required either you buy the ticket or enter the Mutianyu Great Wall. Only when you visit the Fobidden City or Beijing Musuems, such as the Military Museum, the Capitol Museum, the National Museum, you need to show your passport. But, you can bring your passport with you in the city just in case.

2. How can i get to the Mutianyu Great Wall on our own?

By Bus
1) Start from Beijing Tourist Distribution Center, end of Mutianyu Great Wall Parking Lot 1 (Mutianyu Shuttle Bus)
2) Start from Dongzhimen Wai Bus Station, end of Huairou North Rd by (Bus 916), then walk across the street and go straight for about 500 meters to find Huairou North Rd Stop to catch Bus h23,36,50,24,35 to Mutianyu Roundabout.
3) Start from Xuanwumen, Qianmen and Dongsi Shitiao and take Bus No.6. 

By Taxi
Mutianyu Great Wall is about 75km away from the Beijing downtown. You can hire a taxi from your stay in Beijing. Charge by meters.

3. Which is the best season to visit Mutianyu Great Wall?

Autumn is the best season to visit the Mutianyu Great Wall. The scenery is beautiful and it is not too hot nor too cold. In autumn, the leaves around the great wall of Mutianyu will turn golden and red, which will bring you the best visual effect.

4. How many hours I should spend on Mutianyu?

If you enjoy climbing, you can spend about 6 hours on the Mutianyu great wall. If you don't want to be too tired, you can choose to take the cable car for sightseeing. Compared with other great walls, Mutianyu is not difficult to climb. Since the great wall of Mutianyu is about 2 hours' drive (one-way) from the downtown, please make sure to arrange your travel time reasonably.

5. What is the cable car for and is it necessary to use?

The Mutianyu's cable car is used to help visitors ascend to the wall and go down from the wall. If you have plenty time and energy, it is not necessary to use it. If you want a relaxing travel experience and don't want to be too tired, you can choose to take the cable car. It is all up to you!

6. How much for a taxi to Mutianyu and back to Beijing city center?

You can choose to rent a car, the price is 800-1000 / day, about 8 hours service time. Or you can choose to take a taxi separately for two times, with the price ranging from 280-300 yuan for one way.

8. What is the opening Hours?

7:30am - 6:00pm (April-October) / 8:00am-5:00pm (November-March)

9. Is it hard for my kid to hike the Mutianyu Great Wall? He is 5 years old.

Almost all the great walls have stairs that are not very friendly to children. But compared with other sections of the Great Wall in Beijing, Mutianyu is the easiest to climb. We usually suggest that families with children choose to take the cable car when they go up and walk when they get down.

10. Is Mutianyu a good destination for a wall tour?

Compared with other great walls, Mutianyu is the best choice. It's not as crowded as Badaling, not as far as Jiankou Great Wall, not as steep as Simatai Great Wall. It's less than 70 kilometers away from the Beijing downtown. There are public transportation directly to it.

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