Mutianyu Great Wall Travel Guide

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Mutianyu Great Wall is around 1.5 hours of driving from downtown Beijing, or 1 hour 20 minutes if you are coming from the airport by road. It is a good alternative for Badaling. With fewer tour buses and stops, Mutianyu is much quieter and easier to walk in than Badaling. Besides being the longest fully restored section of Great Wall, Mutianyu attracts visitors because it has the convenient facilities including cable car, chairlift and toboggan. With the easier walking conditions and fewer crowds, Mutianyu is much more enjoyable to walk in than Badaling.

Tips for Mutianyu Great Wall Travel

The best way to have an exciting tour of the Mutianyu is to start very early at the crack of dawn. Getting to Mutianyu early in the morning you will enjoy the best walk, with the perfect opportunity to ride cable car or chairlift for the shortest trip up the wall. You should, however, relieve yourself before reaching the Mutianyu since there are very limited restrooms. The entire Mutianyu section is 2.2 kilometers long, going early in the morning, therefore, gives you adequate time to tour all the towers starting from the first to the twenty tower.

Walking the Great Wall of China is no stroll in the park although the surface of Mutianyu is generally smooth. The section between tower 19 and 20 (left towers when you’re facing the entrance) is really steep, containing approx. 450 steps. If you find climbing vertical steps exciting, you will enjoy this part of the wall.

Similarly, the vertical steps between the 1st and the 6th towers may add the difficulty of your walk. If you are not in good shape, you may struggle. However, thanks to the cable car and the chairlift, you can still get to the top of the Mutianyu without hiking up the wall. You only need to book a seat in the either. A word of caution, though, you cannot use a toboggan ticket on a cable car and vice versa, as different companies run both the chair lift / toboggan and the cable car, 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.

Check the Mutianyu weather forecast before you start your walk, if  heavy rain/snow/low cloud or other severe weather conditions is predicted then postpone your walk for another day.
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How long is the Mutianyu Walk?

The entire Mutianyu walk takes approx. 2 -3 hours, with plenty of relaxation, resting, picture taking along the way. The Mutianyu trails are are well formed and easy to follow, which makes walking along it relatively easy. It takes on average of 40 minutes to hike uphill to the wall , with some breaks regardless of individual fitness, age and/or length of stride.

Walk up the trails you will reach the sixth, eighth or tenth tower. If you are coming from the Dream Stone City or the South Entrance, near the toboggan, walk up the stairs you will reach towers six or eight. Alternatively, walk up from North Entrance close to the cable car station, and ascend the stairs till you reach tower eight or ten.

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There are three popular means of ascending / descending the Mutianyu. They include;

a. The Toboggan ride

b. The chairlift

c. And the Cable car

1. The Mutianyu Toboggan ride

If you are in search of a fast and convenient way of returning to the entrance, your solution lies in riding the toboggan. Situated on between tower 6 and tower 5, no marking, near a side gate on the Wall, toboggan runs for 5184 feet or 1580 meters long. Open hour: 8am-5pm in summer. 8:30am – 4:30pm in winter and costs 60RMB per person. From 1998 when it started operating, the toboggan runs all year around, only pausing operations during extreme weather conditions like heavy rains or snow.

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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. The 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, safe and not scary at all, although you may be backed up a little. Moreover, it is easy to use control features – push handle forward = speed up, pull back = brake. Avoid getting stuck behind other riders who are scared of moving fast, if you don’t want to ruin your fun. Mutianyu Toboggan down cost: RMB 80.

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So when is the best time to ride the Toboggan?

The perfect timing to have a memorable toboggan ride on the Mutianyu is on weekdays. Go either early in the morning from 8 am to 11 am or much later in the afternoon between 2 pm to 5 pm. Try, to avoid visiting the Mutianyu during holidays or on weekends, as more people would take weekends to explore it, making the Great Wall rather crowded than usual.

Restrictions for riding the Mutianyu Toboggan

The sick, the elderly as well as children below the ages of ten or have a height measuring less than 130 cm, must be accompanied by a responsible adult to ride.

2. The Chairlift

A 550 meters long open chairlift will take you from the parking lot to tower six and vice versa under ten minutes. The open ski-lift kind of cable car can comfortably accommodate 2  passengers side by side. The ride offers a perfect elevated opportunity to sit back, relax and savor the breathtaking beauty of Mutianyu Great Wall section. It works from 8 am to 5 pm during summer, while in winter, it runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The good thing about the chairlift is that if you have two-way tickets, you can ride down either using the chairlift or the toboggan. The chairlift give you the chance to relax if you had  a longish hike, sit back, and enjoy the scenery.

Chairlift One Way: RMB 80
Children 12 & Under: RMB 60
Chairlift Two Way: RMB 100
Children 12 & Under: RMB 80

3. The Cable car

If the prospect of climbing the Mutianyu turns you off, then you will love the cable car. It is a six passengers seating capacity vehicle, which offers a convenient and efficient manner of getting to the top. Open hour: 8am-5pm in summer. 8:30am – 4:30pm in winter.  The cable car brings you to the platform close tower 14. You will notice that two separate companies operate the cable car and the chairlift at Mutianyu. If you take the red enclosed cable cars, it will take you up to the 14th tower from where you can either descend the wall or continue walking uphill.

Cable Car One Way: RMB 80
Children 12 & Under: RMB 60
Cable Car Two Way: RMB 100
Children 12 & Under: RMB 80

All in all, touring the Mutianyu section of the great wall is a rewarding experience and a productive way of spending your holiday.
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Restaurants / Cafes near Mutianyu

  • XinShuangQuan Restaurant, Chinese restaurant, Food include Kung Pow Chicken, Sauteed Mushrooms, and Local Barbecue Fish. One of the few local restaurants open late. 30-50yuan per person. Open time: 8:30am–7:00pm. Phone: (010)61621633
  • Xiaolongpu Restaurant, dishes from around China, including Sichuan, Canton, Northeast, and even Beijing. A good place for a quick meal to or from Mutianyu. 30-50yuan per person. Open time: 8:30am–7:00pm.  Phone: (010)61621322
  • Fish Chef, near Mutianyu Roundabout famous for the rainbow trout barbacue, 30-50yuan per person. Open time: 7:30am–10:30pm. Phone: (010)61621024
  • Subway fast food restaurant, at the base of Mutianyu, 30-50yuan per person. Open time: 8:00am –6:00pm. Phone: (010)61626496
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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. Your driver will be happy to purchase the tickets for you upon your arrival if required. To make things more interesting, hiring an English speaking guide (550CNY per day, 8-9 working hours) is a good option if it works for you. Please bear in mind that the driver speaks little English, so if any problem arises please call our office  (+86 185 1025 4530)  if there is any misunderstanding with the driver.

What kind of car will you use?

Cars, vans and minibuses, all our vehicles are modern comfortable and air-conditioned which can help you explore Beijing in comfort. Check out the vehicle page for the details.

Vehicle (Car, Van, Coach) Rental Rates (RMB)
Options Airport-pickup/ drop off Mutianyu+Ming Tombs  Longqing Gorge Badaling /Huanghuacheng Mutianyu Great Wall  Mutianyu+Summer Palace Jinshanling & Simatai West 
4 seats Redflag
250 790 800 750 690 790 990
6 seats Refine 350 890 900 890 850 890 1190
9 seats MB100
450 1050 1100 990 990 1090 1390
13 seats MB100
550 1490 1390 1390 1390 1490 1890

Weekend Special!

Enjoy weekend rate of 600RMB for a four-seater car to visit the splendid Mutianyu Great Wall. Explore the spectacular Mutianyu on an intimate, private car trip. Recommended length of visit: 2-4 hours.

The cost includes: 
  • City accommodation pick up / drop off
  • Quality vehicle with A/C
  • Exclusive professional driver
  • Transportation fees
  • Parking fees, gasoline
Extra costs includes:
  • 60CNY p.p entrance fees to Mutianyu
  • 80CNY p.p for single journey of chairlift / toboggan / cable car (optional)
  • 100CNY p.p for round trip of chairlift / toboggan / cable car (optional)
  • Meal and tips
Price Promises:
  • No factory / shopping stop
  • No hidden costs
  • Quality time on attractions
  • Honest prices, no surprise

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Related Tours: Jiankou Hiking plus Mutianyu Toboggan Ride  

40 Responses to “Mutianyu Great Wall Travel Guide”

  1. Mr Nithya Pillay

    Hi, I am just enquiring on airport transfer from Beijing Capital Airport to Novotel Xinquao Hotel (in front of Chongwenmen subway station line 2) on 05/01/2014 at 12 midday arrival. From your prices on your website, it shows Hyundai vehicle with 4 seats priced at CNY200. We are two adults, one child age 13 and a baby under 1 year.
    Luggage is 3 suitcases, one large, two medium, and 3 hand luggage. Please confirm soonest if this service can be rendered at the price mentioned.

    Also, separately, can you also give me a price for the airport pickup and tour direct to Mutiyanu Great Wall and return to Novotel Xinquao thereafter. This is one option I might consider, should my family be able to manage that on the day of arrival.

    King Regards
    Nithya Pillay

  2. Gail Farrell

    I would like to go to the Great Wall on Sunday, January 19th. I arrive at 5:30 am. and leave the same day at 3:50 pm.

    Also I would like to go to Tianemon Square and Forbidden City on my layover on the way back from Australia on Saturday, February 22. I arrive at 5:50 am and leave that same day at 1:30 pm.

    Please give me the price for these 2 tours.
    It is one person. Please give me the price in RMB and American dollars. Respond as soon as possible please

  3. Amala

    We will travel to the Philippines in July and will have a layover in Beijing from 11:30 to 20:00. We would like to visit the Great wall (Mutianyu). We are 2 adults and 2 children age 7 and 2. Could you pls give a quotation for this tour. Thank you!

  4. Mariam Qasim

    Hello could you please tell me the price for a layover tour to Mutianyu wall for two adults?

    we will be there around 8am on march 07, 2014 with an 11h layover
    thanks

  5. Hi, I will arrive at 2:15 pm to Bejing on May 22nd then have an internal flight to Haikou at 9:00 pm. Do I have time to see the Great Wall. If yes, please let me know the price in RMB and American dollars for one person. i am by myself. Thanks.

  6. ISMA

    Hi. we four adults will arrive at Beijing airport on 19th August. We need a pick up from airport, and drop off to train station (6 adults). Next day we (6 adults) want to see Mutianyu wall. could you please quote me.

  7. ISMA

    Hi. we four adults will arrive at Beijing airport on 19th August. We need a pick up from airport, and drop off to train station (6 adults). Next day we (6 adults) want to see Mutianyu wall. could you please quote me.

  8. Hi,

    I will arrive at Beijing airport at 12:05 am on July 2nd, which is a rather odd hour. Ideally I would like to get a few hours of sleep at some hotel, then take a trip to Mutianyu in the mroning, go back to the hotel to freshen up and finally return to airport by 2:00pm.

    What do you suggest?

    Thanks

    • Ricky

      Hi AA, We have sent a quote for you but it turned out that the e-mail failed to reach you. Could you send us your email address again so we could provide the itinerary and quotation for you again. Thanks Ricky

  9. (corrected email)
    Hi,

    I will arrive at Beijing airport at 12:05 am on July 2nd, which is a rather odd hour. Ideally I would like to get a few hours of sleep at some hotel, then take a trip to Mutianyu in the mroning, go back to the hotel to freshen up and finally return to airport by 2:00pm.

    What do you suggest?

    Thanks

  10. sarah

    hi, I am looking to do mutianyu wall and possibly the tiannamen square during my 10 hour (free) layover in Beijing. How much would this cost me? I am by myself but happy to join in on any tour groups

  11. Ang Soo Khoon

    My flight arrived in Beijing at 7 am.

    I was wondering if it would be a good idea to go straight to Mutianyu.
    It is a Sunday. Would it be too crowded?

    • Ricky

      Hi, Ang, it’s a good idea to go straight to Mutianyu from the airport. Compared with Badaling, Mutianyu usually has less visitors. So Going to Mutianyu on Sunday is ok.

  12. Ang Soo Khoon

    Hi Ricky,

    Could you quote for the trip, direct from airport to Mutianyu on 7th Sep 2014? (arriving at 7am).

    Our group has 4 adults and 2 children.
    We have 2 elderly, so I am not sure if they would be able to take the travelling.

    Another option would be from hotel to Mutianyu on 8th Sep.
    It would also require airport pickup on 7th Sep.

  13. Nancy Tuller

    Hello, I will be on a 9 hour layover in Beijing on January 9, 2015. I would like to take a tour of Mutianyu during that time. Please quote me a price for this tour. Also, is it possible to go to both Mutianyu and the Forbidden City in a six hour time frame? If so, please give me a quote for that also. Thanks very much, Nancy

  14. elsa Arsalem

    Hi,
    I arrive in de international airport of beijing at 6:20 a. m, 2 april 2015. I have 7 hours layover in beijing. Is it possible to go to Mutianyo and want to hike up the peak? I am curios what is the price of bringing me to mtutianyo. Kindly email me back to my email please.
    Greetings,
    Elsa from the Netherlands

  15. hi I just want to inquire how much the cost to mutiyanyu Great Wall of China.we have 7 hours layover in Beijing.arriving at 13:00 pm.leaving at 20:00 pm to Philippines.on April 9.2015.thank you.

  16. Julie

    What would you recommend for a tour for two people during a layover on a Thursday? Our flight is due to arrive in Beijing at 5:55 am. Our onward flight leaves at 1:40 pm. What is the cost (in USD)?

    Thank you.

  17. Bettina

    Is the name of your company wild great wall?
    hello, inquiring about the fee for airport transfer to h.otel tianan rega April 13th. also interested in transport from that motel to Mutianyu Great Wall and back on another day.

  18. Samuels Laetitia

    Hello,
    my family and I (4 adults and one 3 years old) would like to go to MuTian Yu, from Sanlitun on Saturday 11 April. We would like to know how much it would cost then from MutianYu to drive us back to the Beijing South railway station? or directly to Tianjin? May i know both prices please.
    thank you in advance for your help.

  19. ELYAS

    Hi

    we have a 10 hour stopover in Beijing on our way to Bangkok. Could you please provide a quote for 2 adults and 2 children to visit Forbidden City & Tian’anmen Square. Presume it wont be possible within the time to catch a glimpse and take some photos at any part of the great wall as they are in opposite directions from the airport?

    Many thanks

  20. ELYAS

    Hi

    we have a 10 hour stopover in Beijing on our way to Bangkok. Could you please provide a quote for 2 adults and 2 children to visit Forbidden City & Tian’anmen Square. Presume it wont be possible within the time to catch a glimpse and take some photos at any part of the great wall as they are in opposite directions from the airport?

    Many thanks

  21. joseph Rodriguez

    I need to rent a car for today 5/24/2015 to go to Mutianyu.
    600 weekend rate. Early Am from Dragon King Hostel.
    Please reply if possible.

  22. Apryll

    Hi,
    I have a 6 hour layover on July 10th (Friday) before my flight to Nanning, would that be enough time to visit the Mutianyu Wall? I’m by myself.

  23. Natalie

    Hello!
    I have need for an emergency booking (tried calling the number above but it doesn’t work for me). I have 11 teachers arriving Beijing by overnight train in several hours! They need to get to the Great Wall and then back to the airport. I just got an email from the tour bus company saying they don’t have a bus big enough for us after all. Can we book the Toyota Coaster for tomorrow (Aug. 20th)?? Please respond ASAP! Thank you! ~Natalie

  24. Palash

    I will arrive at Beijing airport at 12:00 am on Sep 24th, I would like to get a few hours of sleep at some hotel, then take a trip to Mutianyu Great wall in the mroning, go back to the hotel to freshen up and finally return to airport by 1:00pm.

    What do you suggest?

    Thanks

  25. Eva Zanobia

    Dear Customer Service,

    I have planning go to Summer Palace & Mutianyu with my family 3 adults and 1 kid on 15 October 2015. I need car for 4 persons and English Travel Guide. I will be staying at hotel at Wangfujing area.
    Please help me with this.
    Regards,
    EVa

  26. Monique

    Hi There,

    I have a 10 hour layover and I wanted to see how much it would be for a tour from the airport to Mutianyu to see the wall and then drop off back to the airport. I will be there on Wednesday the 23rd of december and I arrive at 11.30am.

    Thanks

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