Mutianyu Great Wall is a good alternative for Badaling, often quiet, with less tour buses and stops. Being the longest fully restored section of Great Wall, Mutianyu has the complete facilities including a cable car, chairlift and toboggan.
Mutianyu Great Wall is around 1.5 hours (one way) from downtown Beijing and 1 hour from the airport by road. With the easier walking conditions and fewer crowds, Mutianyu is much more enjoyable to walk than Badaling.
The best way to experience Mutianyu Great Wall is on our Mutianyu & Summer Palace walking tours. Our experienced guides know all the right places to take in the magnificent views of Mutianyu. They will provide you with informative commentary about the region, its history and natural surroundings.
Mutianyu travel tips
Getting to Mutianyu Great Wall early in the morning you will enjoy the best short hike with Mutianyu toboggan ride / chairlift option also available. It’s 2.2 kilometers length allows you to walk on tower 1 through 23. Make sure to go to the bathroom before reach Mutianyu Great Wall as there are limited places to relieve yourself.
Walking the Great Wall of China is no stroll in the park although the surface of Mutianyu Great Wall is generally smooth. The section between tower 19 and 20 (left towers as you’re facing the entrance) is really steep, with around 450 steps. If you are the Great Wall “step master”, this is the right place for you.
The vertical steps between tower 6 and 1 may add the difficulty of your hike. If you are not in good shape, you may struggle. Heading east towards Tower 1 you will a large section of un-restored wall! The wall here is overgrown by plants, trees, and various other vegetation giving it a rustic look and feel.
Using cable car/chair lift help you avoid the initial climb up. Be aware that the cable car and the chairlift/ toboggan are operated by different companies and do not accept each others’ tickets. A return ticket for the cable car will not get you down on the chairlift or toboggan. You can buy tickets for all three at the top, so best to decide before you go.
Looking for a cheap, reliable car hire service? Check out our Great Wall car rental service page; Car hire to Great Wall from Beijing.
How long does it take to walk up to Mutianyu and where?
Walk up to tower 6, 8 or 10 you will reach the wall. From South Entrance /Dream Stone City (near toboggan / chair lift station) walk up the stairs you will reach tower 6 or 8 of Mutianyu. Alternatively, walk up from North Entrance (near cable car station) you will reach tower 10 or 8 of Mutianyu.
The trails are well formed and easy to follow. It normally takes 40 minutes or less to walk uphill to the wall with some breaks regardless of individual fitness, age and/or length of stride. See where to walk up to the Wall on the map by clicking the map to enlarge.
Mutianyu Great Wall Guide Map (right-click to enlarge or print)
Mutianyu toboggan ride
Mutianyu Great Wall also features a toboggan run for a fast return to the entrance. Situated on between tower 6 and tower 5, no marking, near a side gate on the Wall, toboggan was built and opened in 1998. Open hour: 8am-5pm in summer. 8:30am – 4:30pm in winter and costs 60RMB per person. The total length of the run is 1580 m(5184 ft). Mutianyu Great Wall toboggan runs all year around and it only closes when it’s raining / snowing or other severe weather conditions.
Mutianyu Great Wall Toboggan uses the theory of acceleration of gravity and makes you dive along the mountain path like low – latitude flying or high – speed driving. Mutianyu toboggan ride goes down a series of zigzag bends, with an altitude difference of 100 m (328 ft). Carts for single and double is available so that adult can keep their child accompany during the toboggan ride.
The toboggan is fun and not scary at all, although you may be backed up a little. It’s really easy to control – push handle forward = speed up, pull back = brake. Do not attempt to get stuck behind some toboggan riders who doesn’t have the confidence to go fast. It really does ruin your whole experience!
Mutianyu Toboggan down cost: RMB 60
When is the best time to take Mutianyu toboggan ride down?
The best time to ride Mutainyu toboggan down is early in the morning (between 8am and 11am) or late in the afternoon (2pm – 5pm). Avoid public holidays / weekends. May holiday /National holiday could be the worst time to ride toboggan ride down. Also avoid taking toboggan down on weekends as many people would take weekends to explore it, making the Great Wall rather crowded than usual.
Mutianyu taboggan ride height restriction
According to an open letter to visitors from Mutianyu Great Wall Speed Chute Amusement Co., Ltd, Sick and elderly or children who is less than 130cm in height or under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
A 550meters long open chairlift will take you to tower 6 within 10 minutes or take you back to the parking lot from tower 6. This is an open style ski lift type cable car and fits 2 passengers side by side. You will enjoy the beauty of Mutianyu easily while riding the chairlift.
Open hour: 8am-5pm in summer. 8:30am – 4:30pm in winter. When you get to tower 6 you can choose either the toboggan or the chairlift. The chairlift give you the chance to relax if you had a longish hike, sit back, and enjoy the scenery.
Note: if you buy chairlift two way tickets, you can either get down by toboggan or chairlift, so the choice is yours. Check Mutianyu chair lift video here.
Chairlift One Way: RMB 60
Children 12 & Under: RMB 30
Chairlift Two Way: RMB 80
Children 12 & Under: RMB 40
If you consider the intial climb up is too strenuous, a cable car lets you avoid the initial climb. Open hour: 8am-5pm in summer. 8:30am – 4:30pm in winter. Seating capacity: 6 passengers. The cable car brings you to the platform near tower 14 and you only need to walk downhill. Two separate companies that run cable car and chairlift at the wall. Taking red enclosed cable cars you reach the tower 14 then you either walk up or walk down along the Wall.
Cable Car One Way: RMB 60
Children 12 & Under: RMB 30
Cable Car Two Way: RMB 80
Children 12 & Under: RMB 40
Book a Private Car to Mutianyu Great Wall
Hiring a private car for excursions outside the city is a good choice if you are not travelling on budget and want to avoid the crowded people and traffic. If you are travelling with 3 or 4 friends, this way is much more cost-efficient.
We offer a single online destination to service all of your rental car needs including round trip rental cars, one-way rental cars, airport rental cars and off-airport rental cars.Your rental car with a licensed driver will help you get the most out of your holiday!
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