Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou County 70km northeast of Beijing. We took a local bus and it was about 2 hours ride from the city center of Beijing to Mutianyu. From the bus you can take a taxi all the way to the entrance of the wall. There are many tours available as well.
As one of least crowded and 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.
This section has been renovated since 1986 and its an ideal section of the wall if you look for a half-day at the Great Wall with moderate hiking.
The scariest chairlift ride up the mountain, I don’t think I was breathing most of the way up… but it turned out to be so worth it!
The Great Wall of China is a whopping 6352 kilometres long and you can see it as a ribbon over the mountains as far as the eye can see.
After a few hours of treading in the footsteps of invaders and warriors past, exploring the wall and its strategically placed watchtowers and soaking in the magnificent views, we decided it was time to head down. We had purchased tickets for a toboggan ride without a clue to what this ride entails, just sounded like something amusing. I was about to learn what toboggan is and my first reaction was not curiosity but utter fear. Toboggan is a sledge like ride that slides down the mountain on a winding metal track. Looking at people slide away at dizzying speeds down the slopes made me feel absolutely terrified, but I was reassured by a 70-year-old lovely (and brave) American lady, who said: “if I can do it, so can you!”
Turned out, it was the most fun and not scary at all! I highly recommend it if you visit the Mutianyu part of the Great Wall of China.