In this post, we are going to tell you how to visit the Great Wall of China on your own or on tour (Mutianyu section)
The Great Wall of China became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1987. And what about the Great Wall? Well, no! It is not true that it is seen from the moon, if it is less wide than a highway! But leaving urban legends aside, it is scary to think how long it is: 4,000 km built as a barrier to separate civilized China from the barbarian lands. Who knows what the barbarians would think nowadays when they saw that to climb the Wall, they would only have to catch a funicular instead of overcoming thousands of obstacles and steep mountains. And once blown away in colors, they could return to their uncivilized lands in less than 2 minutes thanks to a mega slide that is the most surreal thing we saw in China!
But everything does not matter, barbarians, slides, and the always present packaged chicken feet (with the Chinese gastronomy post you will understand) stepping on the Chinese Wall has been like being catapulted into a remote chapter of history, into an adventure novel, to a distant world that impresses and falls in love.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO VISIT THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA (SECTOR MUTIANYU)
How to get to the Great Wall of China? Go Free or with a tour?
There are tours everywhere, but they are expensive, and the main problem is that they also have scheduled schedules and visits for tourists (silk factories, workshops, etc.), so you can discard it. By free, it has been super easy, although the information on the network is a bit confusing, so we leave you our experience of how to go from Beijing to the section of the Chinese Wall of Mutianyu.
Take bus 867 that goes directly to the Mutianyu China Wall parking, there is no need to change. It cost 16Y (both but the prices are now higher), and the bus lasts two and a half hours. The bus stop in Beijing is a bit “hidden”: you have to go by subway to the DONGZHIMEN stop, once there take exit B (northeast), walk along Dongzhimen Inner Street and pass the large bus station at turn left to the next street, there turn left to continue north on Dongzhimen Outer Byway, you do not have to cross the street at any time. Going straight on, you will find the Dongzhimen long distance bus station to your left, from where your bus leaves. Once you get there, you just have to say Great Wall.
Tips for visiting the Great Wall of China
- Get up early!
- Choose to know the section of Mutianyu that is much less visited
- Bring water
- And if you travel in summer, sun protection
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