It’s been a few years since we were in China, but thanks to the video editing help of Geoff Matthews of Wandertooth, we finally have the opportunity to show you our videos from past travels. If you want to do some easy Great Wall hiking, the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall of China is the perfect location.

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Read more about our Mutianyu Great Wall Hike at The Great Wall of China. 

It’s located a little further out of Beijing than the more popular Badalang Great Wall section. During our two-hour hike on the famous wall, we barely saw another tourist. It was a pristine day of blue skies, clear air, and spectacular views.

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The Badaling Great Wall is the most famous portion of the wall because of its significance in Chinese History. Emperor Qin visited that section and it was where the Mongol’s crossed and took control of China. It may be more historic, but it’s also very crowded. I suggest the Mutianyu Section because of it’s distance from Beijing and the quiet location. Since it’s a little more difficult to get to, less people travel to it.  It’s also the most well preserved portions making Great Wall Hiking nice and easy. It was steep in portions but very manageable. Even if you are quite fit (like we were at the time)  you’ll get a bit of a workout.

There are many other options for Great Wall Hiking including the Jinshanling to Simatai route. If you want to read more, check out A Different Tour of the Great Wall of China. 

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Dave enjoys the steep climb up

The Great Wall of China is built over rolling mountains so make sure to wear proper footwear. Since it’s in the mountains, be sure to pack layers. You’ll work up a sweat, but it can be cool. China has a similar climate to Canada up here hear Beijing, so if you are traveling outside of summer, you will be cold.

There are 22 watchtowers on the Great Wall and you can hike all of them, or catch the Gondola to number 6 where you can then continue on to hike up to 22. The hike is 2.5 km long and the path is well restored, making walking easy.

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More Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Information:

  • Admission 45 Yuan
  • Cable Car 45 Yuan One way
  • Opening hours 8 am to 4 pm
  • You can take a toboggan down instead of walking if you feel like a little fun
  • The wall is 2.5 km long
  • You can take a local bus from Beijing to the Great wall. For more information: Visit Beijing Trip for more info. 
  • If you go in December, dress warm, it is cold and windy on the wall
  • If you take public transport remember that the wall is only open until 4 not giving you a lot of time to get there.

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