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Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall photo show

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Wild Jiankou Great Wall Hiking!Sky stairs, upward flying eagle, beijing knot…

For this hike, you may feel super dangerous. But if you are fit and adventurous, you can make it! 100% worth each of your steps!!

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How to hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu – tough but awesome!

This classic hike is about 12kms. It looks not very far, but the tough road and altitude make it tough. It takes about 4 hours with normal speed.

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Jiankou is about 100kms away from downtown Beijing.(2 hours Drive) You can also do it by public bus from Beijing: http://greatwallbest.com/how-to-get-to-jiankou-great-wall/

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Overview of the hike:

  1. Start at Group 2 (2 队) in Xizhazi village to Zhengbeilou (正北楼) (2kms)
  2. Zhengbeilou to Mutianyu Great Wall (to tower 10 is 6.5kms)
  3. Go down from Mutianyu Great Wall (3 ways) (1km)
  4. Take shuttle bus
  5. Get to the main gate and finish the hike (0.5kms)

Some tips you should pay attention to for the hike.

#1 Start from Group 2 (2 队) in Xizhazi village to Zhengbeilou (正北楼)

2017111431238671 300x169 - How to hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu - tough but awesome!Good News!The village repaired the road in September 2017. A lot of footpaths disappear, with a wide unsurfaced road instead. So follow this road and walk about 10 minutes, you can get the way up to Zhengbeilou. Just 1 way up, easy to tell!

 #2 Zhengbeilou to Mutianyu Great Wall

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Amazing view of Zhengbeilou

When you get to Zhengbeilou (正北楼)it is the official time to enjoy the great view of Great Wall. There is usually a local farmer charge 5 RMB for using his stair at Zhengbeilou. Don’t get in trouble, just give this little money.The view on Zhengbeilou is amazing! You can enjoy all the wild section of Jiankou. Even get to the top of the tower.Be careful!

About 30 minutes walk, you will get to Ox-horn edge(牛角边). This is a very difficult part. If you don’t want to take this adventure, there is a shortcut along the wall. You just go along the wall through the footpath, you will get back to the wall in 5 minutes.After Ox-horn edge, about 30-minutes walk to get to the rebuilt section-Mutianyu Great Wall tower 23.

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Tower 20

Tower 20 is blocked by the Mutianyu manage office. But don’t worry, just cross the wall like me. Everyone does it like this here.It is easy, even 5 years old kids can make it.

#3 Go down from Mutianyu Great Wall (3 ways) (1km)

  1. walk down from( Tower 10).
  2. Cable car (Tower 14)
  3. Toboggan down (Tower 6)

For the cable car is a good idea if you feel tired. A lot of people feel the legs shaking when they get there. Tickets: 100RMB per person. Students and younger kids can buy the discount ticket for 50RMB per person.

You need about half an hour to walk down from tower 14.

The toboggan is a fun way to get down from the wall. You need walk another 30 minutes to get to tower 6.Tickets: 100RMB per person. Students and younger kids can buy the discount ticket for 50RMB per person.

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I choose the toboggan down. It was fun! But my legs start shaking when I got there.

#4 Take shuttle bus from the tickets office

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Tickets office for shuttle bus

It is just down to the toboggan station, you can find it next to the main road, and without any problems.

The walk to the shuttle bus station. All the way is super easy to find with very clear guide sign.

 #5 Then get to the main gate and finish the hike

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Main Gate Of Mutianyu

After the shuttle bus, just 5 minutes walk out. The main gate is easy to find!

You can choose to take the bus home or tell your private driver meet you here

This is a tough hike, especially the part on the ox-horn edge is a little dangerous. In all, this hike is doable for most people who like doing exercise. 11kms seems not tough, but plus the up and down hills. You can count it as 20kms walk.

For this hike:

Steps: 21305

Walking distance: 12.5kms

Flights Climbed:175 floors

Some nice photos from this hike: Jiankou to Mutianyu hike photo show

 

I will keep updating the latest information to help all the travelers. Please let me know any of your suggestions or questions.I would more than happy to assist your Great Wall trip!

 

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How to get to Jiankou from Beijing?

To visit Jiankou Great Wall, we should get to Xizhazi village first. If you would like to see the wild sections only, you’d better get to group 5 (Jiushuikeng cun旧水坑村). If you want to hike to Mutianyu Great Wall see both wild and rebuilt section of the Great Wall, it is better to get to Group 2 (Nanjili cun南吉利村).

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Walk from Group 5 visit the Beijing Knot, upward flying eagle, and heavenly ladder is doable but very adventure.

 

There are some photos I took for this tough part:

Wild Jiankou Great Wall Hiking! Heaven stair, upward flying eagle, Beijing knot…

The easiest way to get Xizhazi is to hire a driver who can also take you up to the wall.

If you plan to do it with a driver, so you only need to know how to hike this part:

Jiankou to Mutianyu on your own- tough but awesome!

Or you can take the public bus to there, you can make it like me.

I hiked the Jiankou by bus in last August, below is how I made it to Group 2 (2 Dui). There is only 1 bus H25 can go to Xizhazi village which ends at Group 5 (5 Dui).The bus runs 2 times each day from Huairou Yujiayuan bus station.(11:30 am and 4:30 pm). It is obvious you can only take the bus at 11:30 am. So wake up early in the morning and get the bus on time.

Overview:

  1. Take 916 Express (916快)from Dongzhimen bus Hub (东直门公交枢纽)to Yangjiayuan(杨家园)
  2. Walk 900meters to Yujiayuan station.(于家园)
  3. Take H25 to Xizhazi village
  4. Get off the bus from Group 3
  5. Walk 10 minutes to Group 2
  6. 4hours hike to Mutianyu main gate
  7. Find the bus station to Huairou
  8. Take 916 Express back to Dongzhimen

#1 Take 916 Express (916快)

916 Express station

916 Express station

From Dongzhimen Bus Hub(东直门公交枢纽) to Yangjiayuan station(杨家园).I got to Dongzhimen station about 8 am( if you run late, you may miss the bus). There are very clear signs guide you from the subway station to the bus station. Just follow the signs to Bus Transfer Hall. The 916 Express (916 快)runs every 5 minutes from 5:50 am to 7:50 pm.   It takes about 1 hour to get to Yangjiayuan station(杨家园). There are a lot of people get off from Huairoubeidajie(怀柔北大街), because they want to visit Mutianyu Great Wall. Yangjiayuan(杨家园) is the next station.

#2 Walk 900 meters to Yujiayuan station(于家园公交车站).

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This is the easiest way!

Yujiayuan bus station is a start station for a lot of bus line.

If you get lost after 916 express, don’t go with any of the black taxi drivers to Jiankou, you can just take a taxi to this station. The cost is about 10 to 20 RMB.

#3 Take H25 bus at 11:30 to Xizhazi village

2017111430505687 300x169 - How to get to Jiankou from Beijing?The biggest problem for travelers is I didn’t find the station board for H25 in this station. I was a bit nervous. A few drivers come to me offer the private taxi to Xizhazi with 120RMB. I choose to wait, if there is no bus come, I may use the taxi. Fortunately, I waited till 11:30 am, the bus comes very on time. (The station board may be taken away by these taxi drivers, haha, it happens a lot when you travel!

#4 Get off the bust at Group 3(3队)

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#5 Walk about 15 minutes to Group 2(2队)

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After get off from Group 3, walk 150meters to get the branch way from the right picture.

 

 

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 #6 Hike 4 hours to Mutianyu Great Wall Main gate

The road in this village was rebuilt this year. There is only 1 main road leading up to the wall.  1 hour later I got to Zhengbeilou tower (正北楼).

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You can walk down from the wall almost from all the gate open to your right hand. If you get tired you can choose to take the cable car on Tower 14(Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt, the use numbers to name the tower. There are 23 towers in this sections). If you like to do the toboggan, you should walk to tower 6 and buy the tickets. (Cable car and toboggan tickets are both 100RMB )

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Mutianyu Great Wall Map

1 1F623144TG37 300x210 - How to get to Jiankou from Beijing?Buy a shuttle bus ticket after you go down the wall. The shuttle bus fee is 10RMB. After shuttle bus, it is about 5 minutes walk to the main gate of Mutianyu Great Wall.

 

 

#7 Go to the station near the main gate of Mutianyu Great Wall  take H23 bus to Huairoubeidajie station(怀柔北大街)

It is about 5 minutes walk from shuttle bus station to the main gate. When I got to the main gate of Mutianyu Great Wall I can see this bridge. The bus station is down there.

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The bus station is located under the Bridget. You can take H23, H24, H35, H50, H51 to Huairoubeidajie (怀柔北大街). There are quite a lot buses here and took me half an hour to go back to Huairoubeidajie.

H23 (5:30-19:00) runs every 15 minutes to 40 minutes. /H24:7:30、10:00、17:00/ H35: 8:15、10:30、20:15/ H50:8:40、18:35/H51:14:00

#8 Take 916 Express (916快)back to Dongzhimen and take subway home

Make sure you get to Huairoubeidajie before 19:50 for the last bus back to Beijing.

The cost of this trip:

I have a Yikatong (一卡通) which is the Beijing public transfer card, and make this cost me 42RMB! If you don’t have 1, it will not cost a lot more money as well.  It is about 70RMB.

Subway to Dongzhimen: 4RMB

Dongzhimen to Yangjiayuan: 6RMB

Yujiayuan to Xizhazi: 4RMB

Stair fee to go up the wall: 5RMB (There is a local farmer charge 5 RMB to use his stair up to the wall at Zhengbeilou)

Shuttle bus fee: 10RMB

Mutianyu to Huairoubeidajie: 3RMB

Hurairoubeidajie to Dongzhimen: 6RMB

Dongzhimen to my home: 4RMB

Total: 42RMB or $6.4

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Xizhazi village and Jiankou Great Wall

Xizhazi village

This village is located 38kms northwest of Huairou district (100kms away from downtown Beijing). It is a super beautiful village! This village has 300+ years of history. It is surrounded by mountains from 4 directions and the Great Wall goes from east, south, and west on the top of the mountain. (alt 615 meters)

Xizhazi village has 6 group (Group in Chinese is called Dui. 队):

  • Group 1 (1队): Nangou cun (南沟村)
  • Group 2 (2队): Nanjili cun【南吉利村】
  • Group 3 (3队): Qianzhazi cun【前栅子村】
  • Group 4 (4队): Houzhazi cun【后栅子村】
  • Group 5 (5队): Jiushuikeng cun【旧水坑村】
  • Group 6 (6队): Duishi cun【对石村】

The most dangerous parts are the Upward flying eagle (鹰飞倒仰) and heaven stairs(天梯).

Zhengbeilou (正北楼)is the start from the east side and finish at 9 eyes tower (九眼楼) it is about 9kms long.

1. Zhengbeilou tower 【正北楼】(N 40°27.289’,E 116°32.159’,alt 975m)

2. Jiankou【箭扣】(N 40°27.333’,E 116°31.476’,alt 694m)

3. Heaven Stair 【天梯】(N 40°27.339’,E 116°30.100’,alt 912m)

4. Upward flying eagle 【鹰飞倒仰】(N 40°27.385’,E 116°29.928’,alt 1013m)

5. Beijing Knot 【北京结】(N 40°27.772’,E 116°29.669’,alt 985m)

6. Nine-eye tower 【九眼楼】(N 40°28.914’,E 116°30.126’,alt 1194m)

The next 2 photos will help you understand the layout of Jiankou.

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This wild section is good for people who like adventure and very fit to visit. It is a great place for the photographer and people wand escape the crowd from Beijing.

The famous hike route is called Jiankou to Mutianyu. If you start from Beijing Knot (北京结)to Mutianyu (慕田峪), it is over 17kms hike, with the mountains it equals 30kms walk. If you really plan do a tough hike, you should know this before.

The most classic hiking route is a 4 hours hike from zhengbeilou (正北楼) to Mutianyu Great Wall (慕田峪). For this hike, you can enjoy the wild section and also enjoy the rebuilt Mutianyu Great Wall. The hike is doable for most people and can finish in 1 day which is great for people who have limited time.

If you really like to do the Jiankou hike, please read these blogs:

How to get to Jiankou from Beijing?

Jiankou to Mutianyu on your own- tough but awesome!

 

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