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Mutianyu Great Wall

The Mutianyu Great Wall lies in Huairou District, 73 kilometers (45.4 miles) from Beijing proper. It is a superb location to appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds at Badaling. The Mutianyu section, 2,500 meters (2,734 yards) long, connects the Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou in the east. Rimmed by mountains, it is filled with beautiful flowers in spring; abundantly verdant in summer; charming with red-leafed maple trees in autumn and enchanting covered in pure white snow in winter.

 Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing  Mutianyu Great Wall Map

The wall was reconstructed during the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) on the ruins of the wall built during the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557). Hence, the wall has a history of over 1400 years. In 1404, the Mutianyu Pass was added to the wall and in 1569 it was restored again. This fortified section was the site of many battles which took place during the Ming Dynasty. The wall, which stands seven to eight meters (23-26 feet) high and four to five meters (13-16 feet) wide, is mainly made of slabs of granite, which make it extremely strong.

The Mutianyu section has its own characteristics. The coping on both sides of the wall has parapets and battlements, which made it possible to repel foes from either side. The bases of the indented battlements have square holes arched at the top from which soldiers shot at the besiegers. Additional walls with watchtowers were built in order to relieve the enemy's assault on the main wall which is densely distributed with watchtowers, twenty-two in total. The wall runs up and down following the contours of the steep mountainsides. In one section it rises with a gradient of nearly 90 degrees on bare rock posing a challenge to any climbers. In Zhengguantai, three watchtowers stand on the same terrace, a rare occurrence in the structure of the Great Wall.

Comfortable cable cars are available to facilitate climbing this section of the wall. A single trip cost CNY35 and a round trip enjoys a favorable price at CNY50.

Admission Fee:

CNY 25 (Children); CNY 45 (Adult) 

Bus Routes:

Take tourist bus No. 867 (936) from Dongzhimen to Mutianyu Great Wall.

Bus No. 916 from Dongzhimen to Huairou Conference Center (东直门 - 怀柔会议中心), and then take a mini bus to the Mutianyu Great Wall.

Take a tourist bus from the Arrow Tower of Qiamen (前门箭楼) or Xuanwumen (宣武门) to the Mutianyu Great Wall (available on weekends and Chinese legal holidays from April to October).

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Comments and Questions

We are planing to visit Mutianyu Great Wall on 30th Dec 2016. We have 12 Adult and a kid (11 years old). What kind of transport can you recommend to us?

Reply11/15/2016 12:42:47 PMShirley,   Malaysia

Lee ( Germany ) :11/15/2016 7:52:03 PM

Hi, dear! You are advised to charter a car, which can hold all of you and save a lot of trouble for you. As I konw, TravelChinaGuide can provide such a service. If you are interested, you can contact them through booking@travelchinaguide.com. :)

BeijingTrip :12/15/2016 1:36:28 AM

Dear Shirley,

As for your case, we recommend you join a one-day tour. We can arrange that for you at a reasonable price. Not only the big van or bus will be provided for your convenience, we will also arrange a tour guide. For more details, please email us at travel@travelchinaguide.com!

Best regards,
BeijingTrip

Hi, I plan to hike the Mutianyu Great Wall on November 16th. Are there any tour guides available for hire at the site, or do I have to hire one from Beijing? I am not sure if I can buy the entrance ticket and do the hiking without one.

Reply11/7/2016 11:48:12 PMPaul,   United States

Fiona ( France ) :11/8/2016 7:50:41 PM

Yes, you can hire a tour guide at the site. It costs CNY 200. Or, you can buy the ticket and do the hiking by yourself. Don't worry! :)

P Homes ( United States ) :11/8/2016 9:59:40 PM

Thank you so much, Fiona, for your prompt reply. Your input gives me confidence to travel to the wall on my own and only hire a guide for the hiking part. It is so expensive (US$ 300-400 a day for one person) to hire a private guide starting from Beijing.

Hello, I'm traveling to the great wall from Beijing Capital Airport on Nov 28. I am a tiny little asian girl traveling alone, so I am a little skeptical traveling alone.. Which public transportation should I take? Or would it be more safe to hire a guide.. Also, I was wondering if these prices are up to date.

Reply9/28/2016 2:06:20 PMChristine,   United States

George ( Australia ) :9/28/2016 9:48:32 PM

You may take bus line Shun 42 from Air China Ground Service Station to Shiyuan South Street Station. Next, change to bus line h53 to Yujiayuan Station. Then, transfer to bus line h50 to Mutianyu Roundabout, and walk north to it. Or, you can charter a car for about CNY 200. Yes, it is be much safer and easier to hire a guide. The price on the webpage is up to date.

Hello, the Bus No. 867 isn't availible these days?

Reply5/20/2016 2:57:28 AMDaniel,   Germany

Mary ( Canada ) :5/27/2016 3:57:16 AM

Hi, Daniel! I heard that bus line 867 doesn't go to the wall these days. But, you can take bus line 919 Express from Dongzhimen Station to Huairou North Avenue (Huai Rou Bei Da Jie) Station. Then, charter a car to it for CNY 50-60.

Hello,
I will go to this section next weekend at the 28. or 29. May. Can I use at this time the public Bus? Which one (Number) ist the best? And what is the earliest time to go there by bus and what the latest time to go back to Beijing?

Another question, can I go from that place also to the "wild wall" section?

Thanks in Advance Aaron

Reply5/17/2016 3:58:09 AMAaron,   Germany

Emily ( Australia ) :5/19/2016 5:00:09 AM

Yes, you can take bus line 919 or 919 Express from Dongzhimen Station to Huairou North Avenue (Huairou Beidajie) Station. The first bus departs at 6:00, and the last bus returns at 18:50. Upon arrival, charter a car to the site for about CNY 50-60.

There are many wild sections in the city, like Jiankou, Gubeikou, Huanghuacheng, Lupiguan, etc. The nearest one is Jiankou. You can take a taxi there for about CNY 15.

Hi,
I am planning to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall on May 5, 2016. I would like to use public transport. So will the bus 867 from Donzhimen Station to Mutianyu still be operating on that day? Or should I take the bus 916 to Huairou? How easy is it to book a private charter otherwise?
Thanks a lot.

Reply3/29/2016 8:49:12 PMAnne,   China

Lee ( Germany ) :4/11/2016 6:05:36 AM

Well, bus line 867 doesn't run these days. So, you may take bus line 919 or 919 Express to Huairou North Avenue (Huairou Beidajie) Station. Then, charter a car to the site for about CNY 50-60. Yes, it is easy for you to charter a car for the whole trip. The fare may be around CNY 600 for a round trip.

Is bus 867 still operating to Mutianyu in 8 Dec.

Reply12/4/2014 6:21:54 AMPj lee,   Singapore

Lina :12/6/2014 8:35:38 PM

You should note that No.867 Tourist Special Line from Dongzhimen Outer (Dongzhimenwai) to Mutianyu has been cancelled. Visitors need to take no. 867 bus that departs at 10:00 and 12:00 and get off at Mutianyuhuandao. Then they need to walk around 3 minutes to find the ticket office of the Great Wall ahead. And this bus will be in operation on Dec. 8.

Vinny P ( United States ) :1/29/2015 4:29:58 AM

I am going to Beijing this weekend. I'm a solo traveler, and I'd like to visit the Mutianyu section of the GW. Is it possible to use public transportation to get there? There is a lot of conflicting information online about reaching Mutianyu in winter by public bus. Any information is appreciated.

How long does the tram ride take? I am traveling with a person who has a problem with heights.

Reply4/8/2014 4:34:28 PMVirginia,   United States

Vivien :4/8/2014 9:37:50 PM

about 4 minutes. it is quite short.

Hi, I have a few questions as below:-
1. what time is the first bus to Mutianyu from Dongzhimen on 28 Sept?
2. Is the bus stop at Dongzhimen still at Exit H?
3. Where does the bus stops at Mutianyu and how far is it from the main entrance?
4. How do I take the bus back to Beijing and what is the bus interval frequency? What time is the last bus to beijing?

THANK YOU!

Reply9/13/2013 9:34:09 AMKelvin,   Singapore

David :9/15/2013 6:51:28 PM

1. the first bus departs from Dongzhimen at 07:00 and the second (last) departs at 08:30.
2. no, the bus stops at Dongzhimen Wai. from Exit H, you walk east along the road for about 260 meters and turn left onto Dongzhimen Wai Street. Then move northward for another 300 meters, wil find the bus stop.
3. the bus stops at the parking lot, just outside of the ticket office.
4. the two buses back to Beijing depart from Mutianyun at 14:00 and 16:00.

On February 17th 2013 the bus line 867 to Mutianyu is working? How much is it?

Otherwise how much is to hire a mini bus from Huairu to Mutianyu?

Reply2/13/2013 5:08:15 AMFrancesco,   China

doris :2/16/2013 12:32:15 AM

no, bus 867 is only on operation from late March to November 15th every year.
the cost for a mini bus is about CNY 100 per cab, you can share a bus with other visitors to save money.
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