Beijing | China

The Great Wall of Mutianyu

China Discovery Tour

Beijing | China

29 Dec 2019 | Sun

Day 02 of 18

  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Beijing Olympic Park
  • Lunch at National Stone Place
  • The Great Wall at Mutianyu

The Great Wall of Mutianyu

The Great Wall of Mutianyu

The Great Wall of Mutianyu is a must-see for any visitor to China. The wall is over 2,000 years old and stretches for over 5,000 miles. The wall was built to protect the Chinese Empire from invasions by the Mongols and other nomadic tribes. The Great Wall of Mutianyu is one of the most popular sections of the wall to visit, due to its beautiful scenery and well-preserved architecture.

View of the Great Wall from a Watchtower

The Great Wall of Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou District within the city limits of Beijing 70 kilometers (43 mi) northeast of the center of the city. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.

First built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, the Mutianyu section is older than the Badaling section of the Great Wall. During the Ming dynasty, under the supervision of general Xu Da, construction of the present wall began, building over the previous wall. In 1404, a pass was built in the wall.[1] In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt and till today most parts of it are well preserved. The Mutianyu Great Wall has the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall.

– Wikipedia The Great Wall of Mutianyu

View of Great Wall from Airplane

I got lucky on the last photo – it’s an aerial shot of the Great Wall as we were flying from Beijing to Harbin.

The Great Wall of Mutianyu is definitely a bucket list item. The views are incredible, the history is fascinating, and it’s a great workout. Just be sure to go on a clear day, wear comfortable shoes, and bring plenty of water.

Visiting The Great Wall of China has always been a lifelong dream for the two of us! It was a surreal experience and something we will never forget. It was definitely the highlight of our first trip to China!

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