Great Wall Hiking

In Beijing Municipality, the Great Wall expands over 630km. Except for about 50km of the Great Wall developed for tourism at scenic spots like Badaling and Simatai, the majority of the wall is still left untouched, making it extraordinarily well-preserved. ChinaHiking will guide you to those most remote and long deserted parts of the Wild Great wall.
Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Sunset Hike 1 Day
  • Hiking Distance: 8km
  • Hiking Duration: 4h
  • Hike level : 3
  • Departure time: 11:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 9:30 pm
  • Price: 600¥/99$

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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Sunset Hike

The Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall is a breathtaking 10-km hike that combines the part of wild and restored Great Wall. This hike requires a good physical condition, because it is not an easy hike but you will be rewarded with fantastic scenery. The Jiankou to Mutianyu hike is worth to be on your list of things to do.

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great wall hike

Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hike

From our meeting point at Lama Temple subway station (exit B), it will take us about 2 hours to reach the village where we will have lunch. After a late lunch, we start hiking a steep dirt trail that leads to the Great Wall. It is a 500-meter ascend that will take you about 1 hour. Your efforts will be rewarded as you will stand on top of the Zhengbeilou Watchtower (991m) where some of the most spectacular pictures have been taken.


We walk toward the east on the Wall to the highest point of Jiankou (1029 meters) which allows you to see the entire Mutianyu Great Wall plus much of Jiankou as well.  It’s a very enjoyable walk on top of a well preserved Jiankou Great Wall. When are close to the end of the Jiankou Great Wall, we climb to the impressive Ox Horn section. (If you don’t want to hike to the steep slopes of the Ox Horn, an easy shortcut is available as well.)


Around 7pm, we will reach at Mutianyu Great Wall and prepare our camera setting for some incredible sunset pictures. After watching the sunset, we walk a few towers further on the Mutianyu Great Wall and then take a small trail that leads us to the valley where our driver will be waiting for us. We will be back at our meeting point in Beijing by 9:30pm.

Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong

We rate this hike Level 3 because the start of the hike is quite intense. It takes a good effort make the 1 hour ascend to the Great Wall, so a good physical condition is required. Once we arrived on top of the Great Wall, it will be a pretty easy hike.

History of the Jiankou Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall

Jiankou could be translated as “Arrow Nock” in English, because the shape of the mountain there looks like an arrow or letter W, with the collapsed ridge opening as its arrow nock.

Jiankou Great Wall is located at Xizhazi village in Huairou district, about 80 km from downtown Beijing. It connects to the Mutianyu Great Wall in the east (10 km away) and Huanghuacheng Great Wall in the west.

It was first built in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and was restored largely in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Jiankou Great Wall was mainly built with...


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jiankou to mutianyu

Detail hiking route:

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Private tours are great ways to travel if you have a group of friends, family or colleagues ready to explore nature together.

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We have experience guiding trips with up to 60 people from international schools and companies.

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