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.
Secret Wild Mutianyu Great Wall Hike 1Day
  • Hiking Distance: 7km
  • Hiking Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Departure Time: 9:30 am
  • Back in Beijing: 6:30 pm
  • Hike level: 3 medium/strong
  • Price: 600¥/99$

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Secret Wild Mutianyu Great Wall Hike 1Day

This is a short but steep hike on the Wild Mutianyu Great Wall. You will have a scenic view on the restored part of the wall, but we stay away from the crowds and hike the untouched and overgrown of the wild Great Wall.

Secret Wild Mutianyu Great Wall Hike

Secret Wild Mutianyu to Restored 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 nearby the Great Wall where we will have lunch. After lunch, we start hiking at a steep dirt trail that leads to the secret Wild Mutianyu Great Wall. This section of the Mutianyu Great Wall has never been restored and is overgrown by trees and plants. The Great Wall is built on a steep mountain slope so we start with 300 meters ascend hike on top of the of the Great Wall. As we climb up on and through the watchtowers, the views will get better and better.


At the highest watchtower of the Wild Mutianyu Great, our efforts will be rewarded with views of the whole Muntianyu Great Wall and its famous staircases. We avoid the crowds of the touristy Mutianyu section and continue our journey on the wild and overgrown secret Mutianyu Great Wall.


After a 45 minutes’ hike down the southern side of the mountain, we will be back to the civilization where our driver will be waiting for us to bring us back to Beijing. We will be back at our meeting point in Beijing around 6.30 pm.

Level 3:捕获1 Medium-strong
We rate this hike a medium/strong because the first 1 hour of the hike is quite steep. There are a few places where we must climb on big staircases. Some areas can be a bit slippery. Although the trails are safe, you still need some balance. If you have a normal to good physical condition you will be able to enjoy this trail.


History of the Mutianyu Great Wall

Mu means “to long for”, Tian means “fields” while Yu means “a valley”. In the past, the farmers lived in this area used to long for more fields to plant more things.

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is located in Huairou district, about 85 km northeast of Beijing. It is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east.

Mutianyu Great Wall was first built in Northern Qi (550-577). Later on, the construction was taken place from its former base under the supervision of General Xu Da, one of the founding generals in the Ming dynasty, who was responsible for building a Wall from Shanhaiguan in the east to as far as Mutianyu.

The Mutianyu pass was officially proclaimed in 1404. There are many watchtowers on overlapping mountain ranges on top of the fortifications and the Great Wall here. In order to provides better protection from ...


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