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5 Tips for Visiting Mutianyu Great Wall

Nothing beats a hiking to the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. Here are some useful tips for you to fully explore the Great Wall at Mutianyu.


Tip 1: Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Mutianyu Great Wall is during autumn days, when the fall foliage is all over the area. A walk on the wall will take you to see colorful displays of fall foliage and flowers scattered around the Great Wall. Of all the sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu boasts the largest vegetation coverage, making it very attractive during autumn days. Moreover, it is much cooler and pleasanter to trek on the wall during autumn days as the mountain air is very crisp. By the way, to visit Mutianyu during autumn days, you will get a chance to snap plenty of great pictures.

Tip 2: Safety should always Be Your Priority
The Great Wall at Mutianyu section is built on the ridge of the mountains, not on the middle part of the mountain, making climbing up the wall very hard and challenging for hikers and visitors. So when you walk on the wall, you really should be careful. Moreover, many parts of the wall are built next to the steep cliffs, so you really need to put your personal safety your first priority before climbing up the steep sections on the wall.

Tip 3: Grab a Cableway to Get Up to the Top
It is highly recommended to grab a cableway to get on the top of the wall as the stone paths on the wall are very steep. The Mutianyu section is well known for its steep slopes, making it quite difficult to climb up the paths and walk for a long time. However, if you are confident that you can handle it, you may go for it and climb up the wall on foot.

Tip 4: Which Route to Choose
After climbing up the Great Wall at Mutianyu, you will have a lot of choices, halfway up the mountain there will be many forks, it is recommended to choose that road leads to the 10 Beacon Tower. From there you will have a reasonable route to explore the wall. If you want your walk on the wall more adventurous and challenging, you may opt for other routes while walking on the wall.

Tip 5: Where to Climb Up the Beacon Tower
There are several Beacon Tower at the top of the wall where you can climb up. The scenery while standing on the tower, from any angle, looks quite different from what you see on TV. 14 Beacon Towers offers different scenery, and never stops surprising you. Every Beacon Tower will bring you different views. If you run into an old man selling water or tea drinks, just be kind and buy a bottle because he makes his living on selling the water on the wall 365 days. And the price is very reasonable, Green Tea only costs 3 Yuan.

Overall, with these tips in mind, you will have a lot of fun at Mutianyu section.