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.
Overview of the hike:
Some tips you should pay attention to for the hike.
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!
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.
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.
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.
It was easy and safe! Very interesting!
I choose the toboggan down. It was fun! But my legs start shaking when I got there.
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.
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:
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!
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).
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:
If you plan to do it with a driver, so you only need to know how to hike this part:
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.
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.
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.
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!
It took me about 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Xizhazi village. When I find the bus get to this wood gate, I know the village is near. Tell the bus conductor you want to get off from Group 3 (3队)
After get off from Group 3, walk 150meters to get the branch way from the right picture.
Jiankou to Mutianyu hike officially starts from here.
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).
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 )
Mutianyu Great Wall Map
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.
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.
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
Make sure you get to Huairoubeidajie before 19:50 for the last bus back to Beijing.
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