Code: GW11

Trekking from Jiankou to Mutianyu

Route: Beijing - Huairou District - Wofo Villa - Jiankou Spot - Tiny Potala Palace - Zhengbei Tower - Ox Horn Edge - Mutianyu Great Wall - Huairou District - Beijing

Get to Dongzhimen Station by metro line 2 or 13. Use Exit H to reach Dongzhimen Transit Hub. Take bus no. 916 there and get off at Huairou Beidajie stop. Then charter a car to go directly to the Wofo Villa.

Hike uphill from the villa for 2 hours to the foot of the Great Wall. Climb up to the ramparts by a wooden ladder and you will find yourself at the inflection point of a stretch of V-shaped wall. That is the Jiankou Spot, the lowest point of Jiankou Great Wall.

After a short rest, go along the ramparts to the east and you will arrive at the Tiny Potala Palace via two watchtowers. This tower was so named because of the similar appearance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Looking eastwards, you will see a watchtower on a higher peak. It is your next destination, Zhengbei Tower. You will arrive there after another one hour's hiking.

Zhengbei Tower occupies the highest location of the whole Jiankou Great Wall. 'Zhengbei' means due north in Chinese. The tower got this named because it is located right to the north of the axis of Beijing City. From there, you can have a full view of the whole section and take perfect shots of the Tiny Potala Palace.

Jiankou Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

Continue this Jiankou - Mutianyu Great Wall hiking tour eastwards to the Ox Horn Edge. Ramparts take a 90-degree turn there according to the mountain ranges and looks like an ox horn at a distance, and hence the name. You are advised to take a shortcut through the woods at the first watchtower to make a detour. You will get back to the ramparts in less than 10 minutes.

After another 10 minutes' hiking, you will arrive at the western end of the well-preserved Mutianyu Great Wall which reveals a totally different view from the wildness of Jiankou Great Wall. Get to the No. 14 Watchtower before 17:00 to catch the last cableway downhill. Alternatively, you may follow a track near No. 14 Watchtower to the foot of the mountain.

This Jiankou - Mutianyu independent Great Wall tour will come to an end here. After getting out of Mutianyu Scenic Area, please take a taxi to Huairou Bus Station and then change to bus no. 916 there back to downtown Beijing.

1. It may require around 6 hours for average backpackers to complete the whole hiking route.
2. If interested, you may set up a tent at Zhengbei Tower to spend one night on the Great Wall and enjoy the stunning sunrise the next morning.
3. After hundreds of years of wind and rain, stairs of the Ox Horn Edge have already collapsed into gravels. Without obvious trace of steps, the whole section is like a giant downward slope. Please hold the wall and don't step on rubbles to prevent slips and falls.
4. There are wooden ladders provided by locals at Jiankou Spot and Zhengbei Tower to help backpackers to climb up. You need to pay CNY 5 for using them.

Bus no. 916CNY 13
Car rental fare: Huairou - Wofo VillaCNY 60
Mutianyu CablewayCNY 100
Taxi fare: Mutianyu - HuairouCNY 70

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