The First Winter Snow on Great Wall Mutianyu

In the last month the trees at Great Wall Mutianyu have been stripped of leaves and the temparatures have plummeted but don’t be put off: winter at Great Wall Mutianyu has a different kind of magic. Yesterday we experienced the first snowfall at the start of a hike up the Great Wall Mutianyu. Quiet, breathtakingly cold and, as always, a welcome respite from the grime and bustle of Beijing.

 

Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the best parts of the Wall in Beijing area. Authentic and fully restored, but relative safe to go.

 

The steps to the Wall is covered with snow. Better prepare a pair of warm shoes or boots with a sturdy grip on the soles. 

 

It was a Wednesday in the middle of winter, chilly and uncrowded. We reached the platform near tower 14. Once up the Wall, we then took the path to the right . This location was gorgeous and the views were inspiring.

 

We had the Wall almost to ourselves – just saw 2 other tourists in the entire time we were hiking the Great Wall Mutianyu itself.  How lucky we are! 

 

We went up the right side to reach tower 1. The Wall behind tower 1 was different from what we expected. Here, the tower is broken, the steps are missing. It was less ‘safe’, but much more rural and beautiful.

 

It is amazing to stand there looking at all of the mountainsides around you and take in just how expansive the wall is, definitely a trip worth taking once in your lifetime!

 

Hiking the Great Wall Mutianyu was a great day trip. The hiking was strenuous and worth every minute of it!  The skies were blue and wonderfully clear, and it was very sunny. Lots of fun and a breathtaking experience. 

 

Attention: Temple of Heaven is to close on Sept, 30th and Oct, 1st, 2014

Latest updates on Sept, 29th: Forbidden City opens at 7:30AM between Oct 1st and Oct 4th to accommodate the increased number of visitors during the holiday. Last ticket is still sold out at 4PM during that time.

For celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, Temple of Heaven along with other 4 parks: Chaoyong park, Taoranting park, Yuyantan park, Yuanboyuan park are to close on Sept, 30th (12pm–6pm), and Oct 1st, 2014. If your travel plans involve Temple of Heaven on the 30th, Sept and the 1st, Oct, 2014, better adjust your plan to other sites.

Meanwhile 373 parks including Beijing Botanical Garden, Fragrant Hills Park,  Old Summer Palace and the Temple of Earth are to open free on the 1st, October, 2014.

It is really crowed in most places of China during the golden week, streets, tourist areas, shopping malls, etc. Most tourists areas will be open during the holiday. Try to avoid the first two days and the last day of the “Golden Week”. They are the busiest time for transportation system, when the flight tickets are highest and train and long-distance bus tickets are hardest to buy.

 

Resources: http://www.bj.xinhuanet.com/jsbd/2014-09/23/c_1112583840.htm

http://www.like-news.us/?i445630-Beijing-will-hold-78-national-day-festival-park-open-free

 

Great Wall Hiking Tours for the Adventurous

For some tourists of the Great Wall of China, it simply isn’t enough to sit on a tour bus and listen to a tour guide explain the sights around you. Some would rather get up close and personal with scenery, the landscape, and the nature beauty of the Great Wall. Fortunately, with WildGreatWall Adventure Tours, you are able to do just that! If you prefer a tour bus, those kinds of tours are available! However, if you’d rather be on your feet, hiking & camping overnight at the Great Wall, we have the perfect day hiking tours for you, too!

 

 

See the Great Wall from either the foot of the hill or the mountain top. On a Great Wall of China hiking tour such as the Jiankou & Mutianyu one day hiking tour with WildGreatWall Adventure Tours, you can experience the length of picturesque Jiankou. If you prefer to see sunset / sunrise from the Great Wall, book a seat on a Great Wall tour such as the Jinshanling sunset & sunrise tour and walk into the valleys as you take in the incredible sights.

 

 

Work out your legs rather than your arms, book a seat of Jinshanling Great Wall hiking tour. On the Jinshanling to Simatai West, you’ll be guided down into Jinshanling by an experienced tour guide. Over 8 kilometers of trail with a vertical climb of around 200 meters (660 feet). You’ll be taken away by the sights across several famous towers—such as Big Jinshan tower—and Less Jinshan tower.

One of the best hiking options is Jiankou to Mutianyu Hike. This unique hiking trip is fun and informative, with stops along the way to take in the views, take pictures,  and be given a historical tour of local folklore. You’ll also have time to take toboggan down at Mutianyu and enjoy lunch amid the sights.

These popular tours fill up quickly! If you like to make sure you have a seat on the tour van, make sure that you and your family plan your trip and book your Great Wall hiking tours soon with WildGreatWall Adventure Tours.