Mutianyu Great Wall is located in Huairou district, Beijing. To the west of Mutianyu is Juyongguan Great Wall, while to the north is Gubeikou. Since ancient times, this has been a location with military significance and has defended Beijing from attack. Mutianyu Great Wall is principally built on the edge of a steep hill, using the hillside as an advantage. The height of the Great Wall reaches seven to eight meters and the width reaches four to five meters. The main building material is granite, making the structure both majestic and solid. There are many towers on the Mutianyu section. There are 22 towers on the currently open section, which is 2250 meters long.
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Architecture & Landmarks
Huairouchangcheng Culture Museum
Shuang Yuan Hui Restaurant
San Sa Village
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Mutianyu is about a two hour drive from Beijing and includes one of the most famous sections of the Great Wall. For anyone that has spent time in China will know, getting clear air was a huge challenge the past decade or so, but as the government has shifted its emphasis from low end manufacturing to high end manufacturing and services, the air quality has been improving in leaps and bounds. However, even with those improvements, it’s still rare to get a perfect day, given humidity, sand storms, and/or just having boring blue skies.
Imagine our luck that the day we were to arrive in San Sa Village, the weather forecast said it would be heavy rain the entire two nights we would be there. The locals said that it had been raining in the mountains the past two weeks with no blue skies or sunshine in sight. Consider then the turn of luck we had when the heavens opened, and shortly after, the skies cleared, leaving us with air quality like I haven’t seen on any of my visits to the Great Wall.
In one image, you can see the Beijing Central Business District (CBD) of Guomao, including the new CITIC Tower, Zaha Hadid’s SOHO buildings and the CCTV Tower. This is from 80km away! I may never experience these conditions again, so I’m so grateful I had the wonderful GFX100S on hand to capture it all with 102MP of glorious detail!
To get to the highest point, we took the gondola up to station 14 and then hiked up to station 20. The last two stations were quite difficult and challenged our legs as well as our minds. The last station especially has a near vertical climb which gave me intense butterflies in my stomach. I couldn’t look down for fear of getting frozen with anxiety. We hiked 102 floors and 12.4km to get to station 20. Once at the top, the views were worth it, but coming down meant a pretty frightening and slow descent!
I hope you enjoy these images from the Great Wall of China!
Annual Visitors: 10,720,000
Peak Season: Chinese Holidays
The Great Wall of China is one of the most amazing sights on the planet. Famous as the longest wall in the world, it was once responsible for shutting out the East from the rest of the world. The barriers have long disappeared, but the wall still stands in all its ancient glory and entertains tourists with its awe-inspiring architecture. The Great Wall of China is divided into several sections, but almost all sections are easily accessible by car. Mutianyu is the most beautiful section of the wall, Juyongguan is the closest and Badaling is the one that attracts the most crowds due to the simple fact that it has the easiest climb.
Had been living happily in Chengdu weather with delicious food and laidback people and found out my #summervacation can be this memorable in Beijing, indeed after 4 years living in China, this year is my first time enjoying Great Wall.
its breath taking view, beautiful clouds and windy day. its 36° at 11 AM though !!
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my trip to Mutianyu was absolutely amazing! We booked a driver for the day from our hotel(near temple of heaven). The drive took about 80mins or so. I definitely recommend hiring a driver as it gets very busy and I honestly don’t know how you’d get a cab or DiDi back to the city of Beijing. We arrived at the opening time and we were lucky to have the wall almost to ourselves for about an hour. It started getting very busy around 9:30 or so. Have a great trip and I suggest riding the Toboggan down the mountain, tons of fun!