For as long as I can remember, hiking the Great Wall of China has been at the top of my bucket list. After experiencing the Great Pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge, and The Colosseum, I had high hopes for this incredible stone creation. Arriving at the Great Wall in Mutianyu ranks as one of my best experiences to date. After learning the history for years in school and coming across this world wonder in every travel magazine, I was simply amazed and grateful every step of the way. The architecture, blooming flowers, and scenery are incredible!
The Great Wall of China
Here are a few reasons to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall:
- One of the most preserved sections of the wall
- The surrounding natural scenery
- Less tourists
- Has both a cable-way and a bobsled for exiting the wall!
Getting there: Bus 916 Express from Dongzhimen Station. Get off at Huairou Bei Dajie (60 to 70 minutes; 11 rmb). Take a taxi from Huairou Bei Dajie to Mutianyu (20 minutes; 30 to 40 rmb – do not pay anymore). Get all directions from hotel in Chinese prior — Not difficult at all.
Cost: Entrance Fee: 45rmb ~$6USD; Cableway: 80rmb single/100rmb round-trip
Below are several other sites that I visited and fell in love with.
The Forbidden City
Getting there: Take Line 1 to Tian’an men East or “Tian’an men West” (Tian’an men xi) – Closed Mondays
Cost: April 1st – October 31st : 60rmb; November 1st – March 31st : 40rmb
Tip: Enter via the Southern gate across from Tianamen Square
Getting there: Take Line 1 to Tian’an men East or “Tian’an men West” (Tian’an men xi)
Getting there: Take subway line 4 to Beigongmen
Cost: 20rmb low season; 30rmb peak season
Temple of Heaven
Getting there: Take subway line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen Station and take exit A.
Cost: 10rmb December to March; 15rmb April to November
Olympic Sports Center – The Bird’s Nest
Getting there: Take Subway Line 8 and get off at Olympic Park ( Olympic Green ). Once you come out from the subway, you are inside the Olympic Park.
Until next time, cheers to the vagabonding life!