For hiking and photography enthusiasts, there is no better place on the Great Wall of China than the dramatic and difficult Jiankou. As the most picturesque section of Great Wall, Jiankou is a popular destination for photographers, adventurous and experienced hikers throughout the year.
For 3-4 hours day hike, you will hike along the crumbling, unrestored sections of the Great Wall-Jainkou–Zhengbeilou tower to the fully restored Mutianyu. Hiking Jiankou is like walking on an obstacle course…stepping over piles of stone blocks, weaving around trees growing on the wall. At times you will walk right along the edge of the wall, quite high above the ground. The stone railings had fallen away maybe even hundreds of years ago.
Mutianyu is more tourist friendly with cable car / chair lift options available. After a few hours of hiking on the rugged terrain from Jiankou, you will arrive at Mutianyu, which makes for a much easier walk. If you are too tired to walk down, just hop on the cable car or zoom down in a toboggan.
Hiking from Great Wall Jianou to Mutianyu will bring you classic Great Wall hiking experience, as well as excellent views. For both adults and kids, this truly is an adventure.