The Great Wall of China – Mutianyu

The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu | Karoliina Kazi

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 centre 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.

The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu | Karoliina Kazi

As one of the 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, Mutianyu | Karoliina Kazi

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.

The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu | Karoliina KaziThe Great Wall of China, Mutianyu | Karoliina Kazi

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…

The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu | Karoliina KaziToboggan at The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu

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.

Read more from our adventures in Beijing, here and here.


  1. 11th November 2016 / 11:45 pm

    I’ve never had an urge to visit the Great Wall before. You’ve changed that. This looks like lots of fun!

    • 12th November 2016 / 12:39 am

      Hi Sue! A lot more action packed than expected 🙂

  2. 14th November 2016 / 2:04 pm

    I’ve always wanted to walk the Great Wall, but I need to get my ass in shape before I even consider it. It’s such a breathtaking construction. Beautiful surroundings, too.
    Katja xxx

    • 14th November 2016 / 2:27 pm

      It’s one of those once in a life experiences for sure and so incredible. The walk part is easy so no need to worry about that and you can always take chair lift up like we did. xx

  3. 14th November 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Woo that sounds like so much fun! I hope we’ll get to visit there some day 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N

  4. 14th November 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Great Wall is such an icon! I hope I visit it one day. By the way the Toboggan is really something special. Looking at your picture of it I’m literally freaking out. How did you feel when you’re up high there?

    • 15th November 2016 / 7:48 am

      I was so scared and almost didn’t go for it, but I’m so glad I did at the end, it wasn’t scary at all 🙂

  5. analesha
    14th November 2016 / 11:55 pm

    What what an awesome post. The great Wall looks like an amazing place to visit. X

  6. 15th November 2016 / 2:33 am

    Amazing photos! But wow, that toboggan ride. I would be scared at first to take that but seems like a lot of fun!

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

    • 15th November 2016 / 7:58 am

      Thank you Ron. The toboggan ride was a lot of fun and we would have liked to go for a second round after 🙂

  7. 15th November 2016 / 9:38 am

    This looks like an amazing experience that I think if you are there anyway, why not try it. I would love to see the Great Wall.

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