Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hike (TOUR 1B)

TOUR 1B: Jiankou to Mutianyu for ruggedness and wild beauty to breathtaking views


This program is a exceptional for those who only have a little time in Beijing and want to get the most out of their Great Wall experience. This hike starts at the Great Wall of Jiankou, which features some amazing ruins and scenes of rustic beauty. The wall here is in its unrestored state, and is quickly becoming popular for photographers and Great Wall enthusiasts alike. Midway through the hike you'll pass over into the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which might be the most famous section of the Great Wall. With grand watchtowers and lovely brickwork, it is striking contrast to Jiankou, allowing you to compare and contrast these two sections of the Great Wall. 

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The day begins at 8:00 AM. We will meet you from your hotel and drive to the Jiankousection of the Great Wall and start hiking to Mutianyu.

The Great Wall at Jiankouis located in the district of Huairou, about 80km/50miles northeast of Beijing. We will start from a village called Xizaizhi at the bottom of Jiankou Great Wall, from where we will climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach Zhengbeilou, the first watchtower we will meet. Our hike will take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6 miles.

The Jiankousection is known for its ruggedness and wild beauty, and you will be in awe of the marvelous views it affords. As soon as we reach Jiankou, we will see a deserted watchtower that gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley. In the early morning, the look is priceless with its morning fog. This section of the wall is not well known by tourists, although if you see a picture of the Great Wall from exotic traveling magazines, chances are it is from Jiankou. It is the pinnacle of fascinating Great Wall scenery. This part of the wall is often empty so that you will have some peace and serenity on your hike today. Although small trees and shrubs are slowly conquering the majestic wall, the view from the top is still stunning!

From Jiankou, we will cross over onto Mutianyu, a section of the wall that has been largely restored. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right, you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain, encouraging you to “Cherish the teachings of Chairman Mao.” Mutianyu has also become famous for visiting foreign leaders and celebrities.

You can hike down to the parking lot, take a cable car, or take a toboggan ride (highly recommended, and lots of fun!) down to meet our driver. We will then drive back to Beijing and drop you off at your hotel. 


"Our family (2 adults & 2 teenage boys) loved this hike!  Or guide, Luis, made sure we were in the right places to get pictures of the beautiful views & shared history with us throughout our tour.  This hike was perfect for us since we wanted to see the unrestored & restored sections.  
Booking was easy & they kept in contact with us about hotel arrangements.  We were picked up in a nice minivan from our hotel & our delicious dinner was ready when we arrived at the restaurant after our hike.   We highly recommend GWAC!"  - eyarbrough, Oklohoma City, USA. TripAdvisor, Experienced March 2019


  1. English tour;
  2. Well-experienced tour guide;
  3. Professional driver;
  4. Nice vehicle;
  5. General admissions included;
  6. Gourmet lunch included;
  7. Free bottled water;
  8. Free membership card;
  9. Hotel pickup & drop-off included;
  10. Airport pickup & drop-off at a low fee;
  11. Private or small group.



Private or Semi-private English Tour including private transfers, tickets and meal. Your guide will walk with you for every step from hotel pickup to drop-off and on the Great Wall! 


Use our top-rated professional private transfer service and tour by yourself. You can pick Volkswagen Passat, Buick Minivan, or luxury Mercedes and BMW. Everything is the same as the Platinum Package except that you pay less.


Jiankou-Mutianyu Hiking Map

Where are we going?

The red-shade is the area is where this tour covers. We will drive about 2 hours on a highway from Beijing to the Great Wall. Typically we will leave at 8 am from your hotel. 

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