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Mùtiányù information

The Great Wall , China
adult ¥45
Opening hours
7am-7pm Apr-Oct, 7.30am-6.30pm Nov-Mar
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Famed for its Ming-era guard towers and excellent views, the 3km-long section of wall at Mùtiányù, northeast of Běijīng in Huairou County, is largely a recently restored Ming dynasty structure that was built upon an earlier Northern Qi dynasty edifice. US President Bill Clinton visited this section of the wall in 1998.

With 26 watchtowers, the wall is impressive and manageable, with most hawking reserved to the lower levels (the further you get away from Mùtiányù central the better). It’s actually possible to hike from Mùtiányù all the way west to Huánghuā and the front section of Jiànkòu .

From the ticket office at Mùtiányù, shuttle buses (¥15) run the 3km to the wall, from where three or four stepped pathways lead up to the wall itself. There's also a cable car , a chairlift , called a 'ropeway' on the signs here, and a toboggan ride , making this ideal for those who can’t manage too many steps, or who have kids in tow.