The day begins at 8:00 AM. We will meet you from your hotel and drive to the Jiankou section of the Great Wall and start hiking to Mutianyu.
The Great Wall at Jiankou is 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, where we will climb up a path for about 60 minutes to reach Zhengbeilou, the first watchtower we will meet. Our hike will today take about 4 hours and will cover 10km/ 6 miles.
The Jiankou section 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 view 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 exotic 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 brambles 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. Mutianyuguan has been a military hub to guard Beijing since ancient times. Since ancient times, it has been known as one of the important gates of the northern barrier that guards the capital and the imperial tomb. In Mutianyu Great Wall, there are low wall crenels on both sides of the top of the wall, which can resist the enemy on both sides, and there are also horse-blocking pits excavated on the outside to make the defense function more perfect. This is a major feature among all the Great Wall sections.
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.