NileGuide Expert Says:
Mutianyu is the quietest section of the Great Wall, but it still pays to get there early in the morning. There you can fully experience the peacefulness of the area and the stunning scenery. The hike can be strenuous but it is worth it, although there is a cable car for those who want to avoid the steep climb.
San Du He Village
Huai Rou County
101400 Beijing, China
tel: +86 (0)10 8119 1011 (Tourist Information Center)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Transportation can be arranged through hotels and hostels, but be wary of tours that make extraneous stops at gift shops or cloisienne factories.
Mutianyu Great Wall section is about 70km from Beijing and is the most challenging section of the wall accessible to tourists. Mutianyu is closer to Beijing than Simatai, but is further from the road and can be a fairly demanding hike. This part of the wall has not been restored and so there are steep and uneven stairs to negotiate. This is one of the oldest parts of the Wall, and was built in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) on top of the original wall that was constructed in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557). Mutianyu is the quietest part of the wall, and with over 60% of the area covered in forest it offers the most stunning scenery of any section of the Great Wall near Beijing.