Located in Huairou County in the suburbs of Beijing,
the section of wall at Mutianyu Great Wall is 70 km from the center
of Beijing. Connected with Juyong Pass in the west and Gubeikou
in the east, it is one of the best preserved parts of the Great
Wall and was originally set up to attract some of the crowds away
from Badaling. However, today it is almost as busy as the first
site but is very interesting.
There are 22 watch towers in the 2250-meter-long
Mu Tian Yu Great Wall, the highest one is 540 meters above sea level.
Although you can take the cable car or walk up the stairs at the
site, many travellers prefer to take the ancient path at the side
of the steps. This is certainly a more authentic and satisfying
way to appreciate the site, if a little more taxing on the legs!
It is about 2 km from Mutianyu Village to Mutianyu
Gateway. The gateway consists of three exquisitely built hollow
towers, which are different from those at Badaling Great Wall, Shanhaiguan
Great Wall, and Yanmen Guan Great Wall. The gateway here is not
built in the middle of the tower, but at the sides of it.
This section of the wall is also surrounded by
woodland and streams. The Great Wall takes on different looks in
different seasons. In spring, flowers are blooming. In summer, the
Great Wall is lush and green. In winter, the Great Wall is covered
with white snow. However, the Great Wall's most charming season
is autumn, when fruits ripen and leaves of gorgeously diverse color
fall at this photogenic spot.