*This is a great hiking trip that is fun for the whole family! It includes both unrestored and rugged “Wild Wall” along with the tastefully restored wall, making it a perfect hike for comparison and understanding more about the true Great Wall. This tour is an amateur photographer’s dream. Maybe you can sell the pictures from your trip to National Geographic! Here is Jiankou!
Please note while this hike is not overly difficult, there are some points where the hike gets a little challenging. The challenges mostly include narrow and small steps, along with at times some very steep climbing.
Here is how one hiker described her Jiankou-Mutianyu trek after completing it:
“Seeing the wall in both unrestored and restored state is an absolute must. We finished the hike off with the toboggan ride back down and then finished the day with a lovely late lunch in a nearby restaurant. A once in a lifetime experience not to be missed at great value for money.”
General admissions to Jiankou and Mutianyu. Mutianyu in-park shuttle.
What's Not Included
Mutianyu cable car or toboggan sleigh
ADULT: Age: 18 - 98
Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
What To Expect
The Great wall of Jiankou
The Great Wall at Jiankou is 80km/50miles northeast of Beijing. The Jiankou section is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords.
Our hike will today take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6 miles. We will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley. We will start from a village called Xizaizhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall, from where we will climb up a path for about 40 minutes to reach a peak watchtower. This section of the wall is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are from Jiankou. Here is the pinnacle of exotic Great Wall scenery. This part of the wall is often empty so that you will have some peace and serenity on your hike today.
Admission Ticket Included
Mutianyu Great Wall
From Jiankou, we will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right, you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain, encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman Mao.” Mutianyu has also become famous for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities.
You can hike down to the parking lot, take a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly recommended, and lots of fun!)
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