The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu

The Great Wall of China is referred to in Mandarin as Wanli Changcheng (10,000-Li Long Wall or simply very long wall)

BEIJING, CHINA- Since I was a child, I always wonder how it is to traverse The Great Wall of China.  So many questions keep popping on my head, like would it collapse when I walked on the thousand years old flooring? Or would my stiletto heeled boots be caught in between the tiles that made up the Great wall? Would I be the Jill tumbling down the Great Wall? Ha ha ha!

My childhood dream became a reality when I joined a tour to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China last November 24, 2010, for 320 RMB including entrance fee, breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from Mutianyu.

Mutianyu is a very ideal location to appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds of the portion of the Great Wall at Badaling.

Mutianyu is the most beautiful section of the Great Wall of China, filled with fragrant flowers in spring, abundantly verdant in summer, charming with red-leafed maple trees in autumn and enchanting covered in pure white snow in winter.

Cable cars are available to help visitors go up The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu easily. The cost is 45 RMB. It is better to get the package of Cable going up plus Toboggan going down for only 65 RMB.  Please do note that this is not included in the tour package. You have to shell out another 65 RMB on top of the 320 RMB tour package.  You could also opt to have the cable car alone going up The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu for 45 RMB per person.
I was so afraid that I did not enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding valley when I rode the open cable car at The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu. Who would not be terrified riding an open cable car? The attendant shoved me to the passing cable car seat because I froze when I saw that the open cable car has no safety belt and no cage. Nothing. Just the picture above. And it was motorized, it won’t wait for you to sit down. Ha ha ha!
At the Great Wall of China, there were many uneven surfaces, many steep stairs to climb and a lot of walking to do, add to that, the unmerciful Siberian wind blowing so strongly. I was catching my breath after only a few minutes of walking at The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu. But the view from the Great wall is simply amazing.
I learned that the Mutianyu (Chinese: 慕田峪; pinyin: Mùtiányù) is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70km northeast of Beijing. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. 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.
Built mainly with granite, the wall is 7-8 meters high and the top is 4-5 meters wide. Compared with other sections of Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its construction.
Mutianyu watchtowers are densely placed along this section of the Great Wall – 22 watchtowers on this 2,250-meter-long stretch. Both the outer and inner parapets are crenelated with merlons, so that shots could be fired at the enemy on both sides – a feature very rare on other parts of the Great Wall.
The Mutianyu Pass consists of 3 watchtowers, one big in the center and two smaller on both sides. Standing on the same terrace, the three watchtowers are interconnected to each other inside and compose a rarely seen structure among all sections of Great Wall.
This is the amazing view from one of the window of the tower! I love it so much! It is simply awesome.
Besides, this section of Great Wall is surrounded by woodland and streams. The forest-coverage rate is over 90 percent. The view is breathtaking and certainly an experience to remember.
Going down, I took advantage of Mutianyu’s wheeled toboggan ride down from The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu on a winding metal track.
Toboggan (luge) is definitely the way to go down from The Great Wall of Mutianyu. It’s a great way to end a great day and this is suitable for everyone, women, men, adult or children.
You’ll be at the bottom before you know it. Definitely the fastest way down. I really really enjoyed this Toboggan ride down from The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu.
Tip: Avail of the package ride of cable car going up and toboggan down for only 65 RMB while you’re still at the ground.  Why? Your toboggan ride down alone will cost you 50 RMB per person when you’re up there at the Great Wall of China. Tourist trap? Maybe. But you’ll definitely enjoy the ride.
Weeee! I love the Toboggan ride, if only for it, I would be visiting the Great Wall again in the future!!! Two thumbs up for toboggan ride!!

66 thoughts on “The Great Wall of China in Mutianyu

  1. Awesome! Nice blog Cha.. 'love the photos. Now I wish I could go to Beijing and see The Great Walls of China too.

    Interesting site! Love it. Keep blogging…

  2. I didn't get answers from your first paragraph 🙂 Collapse, stiletto and Jill.

    Were you able to use some Chinese language during your stay there or plainly English?

  3. Hi sissy! Tsup! Thanks for taking time to read my blog! I do appreciate you for that!

    Yes! The Great Wall flooring did not collapse when I walked on it! I was deliriously happy! I almost tumbled down the Great Wall ha ha ha! Fortunately I did not wore that stiletto heeled boots.

    And Yes, I put into good use my pocket size Mandarin, and got a ceramic chopsticks set for only 24 yuan and a chess board with ivory Chinese inspired characters as chess pieces for 34 yuan! I don't know if it was a steal but my new found Chinese friends told me I got a good deal!

  4. Great Wall of China is one of the interesting and historical places I learned from our world history before when I was studying in high school. I was awed by the carftmanship of those builders, workers and the building materials used in the construction of this wall. I keep on wondering myself how long does it a person to get into the last portion of the wall, starting for the origin. I have seen one of my friends who set her foot on the said wall. How I wish I could do too!

    From T.R.U.T.H.

  5. c5 the cable car @ the Mutianyu section of the great wall was so scary~! The attendant shoved me to the passing cable car seat. He actually gave me an instruction and I just stood there because I can't understand him ha ha ha! You have to be fast in order to catch the passing cable car. And they don't have any safety doors only a piece of metal across your lap. Everything else is expose including your feet. I was really afraid. It was so different from the cable car in Ocean Park in Hongkong or Lantau Island. But I guess that's part of the thrill.

  6. Thanks for the post.Wow, another side of the Great Wall! I visited the Badaling side with my boyfriend in January 2008.Glad he is very familiar of Beijing (coz he had a crash course of chinese language in university and was having a law course in 2008) so we did DIY and skipped the expensive tour. We also took the bus which is comfortable for only 16RMB and the cable car which was a good idea!

  7. I love how you wrote this Ate Cha!
    It's sooo inspiring to try this as well.
    Hay! There's a lot of places in the world that i'd like to visit and I only have one lifetime for it.

    I can dare the open car cable.. I think it would be very much fun!

  8. Nice to read this and see the pix again. I didn't know there was a toboggan there. Was it scary? It's a long way down, after all. 🙂

  9. wow! i thought it was just a wall used for defense long time ago, but i got interested on your cable ride experience. I'm afraid of heights but probably i wanna try it. Just give me a little of your tips 🙂

  10. Impressive experience. In sharing your fulfilled dream, you evoke a new dream in me: to run the entire length of the Great Wall. 🙂

    BTW, thanks for dropping by my page!

  11. Love the photos, they are beautiful with the Great Wall of China, so historic, and like you, I will be terrified riding on that open cable car, I don't have an insurance hahaha and also afraid of height.. lol..

  12. Oh my, visiting this place is in my life list. Hoping to visit this place at least once in my life. The Tobonggan ride sounds exciting. Is it safe for kids?

  13. very nice pics! i wonder when will i have the chance to go there… my husband frequently travels to china but only for work and to a different city. wish we can have that opportunity to see one of the wonders of the world!

  14. Wow!! Ang sosyal ng post mo na to sis. Nice pics too. I've got a lot of friends in China and inviting me to visit din. I'll save up muna. 🙂

  15. Well done ! These are great pictures of the Great Wall! Which reminds me… I should go through my India pictures and post some. I log on to your blog on a regular basis. Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!

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    http://www.wildgreatwall.com/how-difficult-is-it-to-do-great-wall-one-day-hike-from-jinshanling-to-simatai-west/

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