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Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking in Summer

This is our last day in Beijing and we were proud of conquering the world treasure – Mutianyu Great Wall. There are five sections of the Great Wall situated in Beijing and we chose the further one so that there are not crowed. However it took us more than two hours to get there. Thanks to the bright sun shine and the gentle breeze, we enjoyed a wonderful time there.

Steep Steps on Mutianyu

He who has not been to the Great Wall is not a true man! Today I got a deeper understanding about it. Climbing to the top was really a big challenge for everyone. The Wall itself was harder to walk on than I had imagined. The watch towers were raised so we were constantly climbing up to them before climbing back down the other side. The steps are very steep and very small, never straight and often with big pieces missing.

After an hour hiking tour, my legs began trembling. A long walk....With determination we started our final climb. We had to stop every 50 steps to catch our breath, but we eventually made it up to the top! So tired, but the scenery deserves it! Standing by the flag at the top, caught our breath and took in the amazing 360 degree view, we all felt very proud. Took a lot of pictures about the magnificent scenery, we started back.

However going down was a lot harder than going up! On the journey back the same way as we had come, my legs were physically shaking from over-exertion and when going down slopes I had to run as my legs didn't have the strength to walk against the steep declines! The climb was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I think I have ever done. It was a lot harder than I had ever expected and have a new found admiration for anyone who climbs the wall.

The hiking tour was so tired that on the way back to our hotel, we all sleep like a log. Anyway we are very satisfied with our tour in Beijing and I will recommend this Mutianyu hiking tour to my friends and all of you. Never hesitate, just try!

Summer Vacation on Mutianyu Great Wall

Without visiting the Great Wall is as if you were not visit China. Tours usually get to go to the Badaling section of the Great Wall and they even take you to the Ming Tombs on the way so kind of understand the package deal people take. However we prefer to the private tour to Mutianyu Great Wall far away from the downtown with less tourists. Yes, we made a right choice. Here we did not see any groups of tourists organized by the travel agencies. Though nearly 3 hours driving, it worthwhile!

Cable Car on Mutianyu

We took the cable car to the Great Wall and started out at around watchtower 14 and our goal was to get to the tower 1, as these Watchtowers are high up the mountain that will give us the best view.  We walked and walked and walked, amazed by the scenery. We made tons of jokes, and took some fun pictures as well. Tons and tons and tons of steep steps to climb… what a challenge! Breathing extremely hard, in and out, I almost didn't make it to the terminal. Getting up from Tower 2 to 1 in 1 shot with no break was a huge accomplishment in my eyes, as I really had to push myself. By the time we got to Tower 2, I was really struggling and completely cursing my skinny little legs! We had to stop every 10 steps to catch our breath, but we eventually made it up. We had to physically crawl up the final 10 steps which were huge and almost vertical. It was comforting seeing the other people around us struggling as much! Standing on the top of Tower 1, we took in the amazing 360 degree view, caught our breath and patted ourselves on the backs for making it. This had been a dream of mine for several years...and I had made it come true now. So inspired to live my best life I cannot really convey the excellent feelings accurately in words. Only my heart knew, glowed warmly within me. I tried to be in the moment as much as I could...just living now and savoring the excellent experience.

Grand View on Mutianyu

You can imagine smiles at our faces as we walked the 3 km up and down the wall, admiring views on the way and generally enjoying this masterpiece of defense architecture. We aimed to stay till the sun set to get the real feel of it.

Summer View on Mutianyu Great Wall

No trip to Beijing is complete without visiting the iconic – the Great Wall. Instead of the nearer but crowed Badaling Great Wall, we choose another famous section, Mutianyu. The bus ride to the Great Wall of Mutianyu was almost 3 hours long, but most definitely worth it. The base of the wall was of course exclusively touristy. And of course the wonderful experience did leave me an unforgettable memory.

Mutianyu Great Wall

This section of the Great Wall was opened to the public stretches for approximately 4 km with towers positioned at frequent intervals as the Wall dipped and dived along the contours and hugged the ridgeline. The trek up to the Great Wall was along stairs up the side of a hill. It was a bit tiring but more or less the same as walking along the wall anyways. The wall itself was a few meters wide with fairly low parapets and small holes dug out at the bottom partly to let rain water out and partly as a place to jab a spear in ancient time for protecting. The pathway was fully tiled with square stones carefully laid down. Stairs were common. You could see the wall snaking along the top of the mountain ridge going for quite a distant view. With the temperature hitting around the high 28's, I and everyone else was slogging up the wall, sweating along the way. With each successive watchtower on the way up, there was a better view of the valley below. Beautiful, magnificent, great!

Almost on every watchtower there was a vendor selling chocolate, cool drinks, beers and small souvenirs, they are all very enthusiastic with fluent English, however the prices are two or three times expensive than at the foot of the Great Wall. That’s worth it. Everyday carry these goods climbing the Great Wall is really a great job!

Totally there are 23 watchtowers on Mutianyu Great Wall. Since only has three hours hiking on the Great Wall, we could only visit parts of it and we walked through 1 to 14 of them, the part with more tourists. Here we didn’t see large group of tourists organized by the travel agencies, and the majority of the hikers were the foreign tourists.

After 2 hours hiking up and downs, my legs were shaking. The better way to went down is to take the cable car or the slide rail. Obviously the slide rail is much more popular. And I enjoyed the fast speed experience.

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