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China Great Wall at Mutianyu Section
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Location: Huai Rou District, Beijing Hours: 07:30-18:00 Entry fee: 45RMB Time required: 2 hours
Mutianyu is a section of the China Great Wall located in Huairou County, Beijing, about 73 km far from the city center. 
Mutianyu had Great Wall from the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 AD), and when in the Ming Dynasty, Mutianyu Pass became a prominent strategic pass, Mutianyu Pass consists of 3 watchtowers, they are standing on the same terrace, one big in the centre and two smaller on both sides, three watchtowers are connected to each other inside, this is rarely among the whole Great Wall.
The present wall was constructed under the supervision of General Xu Da, later the eaarly Ming Dynasty wall was renovated under the supervision of General Tanlun, Ch'l Chikuang. Today, Mutianyu section is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall.
The Mutianyu Great Wall winding its way on the high mountains and steep cliffs, stretchs for 2,250-metre-long, with 22 watchtowers are densely placed along the wall, makes this section is unique and fabulous. Mutianyu Great Wall was mainly made of granite, with an average height of 8 meters, and the width of the surface is 5 meters, both outer and inner parapets of the wall were crenelated with merlons, this a another unique characteristic in its construction.
Not only the wall is special, Mutianyu area also has the breathtakingly beautiful scenery all year round. With 96% vegetation cover, colorful in spring and green in summer, none of other sections of the Great Wall can compare with, in autumn, it is an ideal place to see red and yellow tree leaves, also many fruits harvest festivals are held in the villages nearby. In winter, if there is snow, you will see a different but even more magnificent Great Wall.
Mutianyu Pass has the lowest elevation among the whole Great Wall, which is only 486 meters high, but the highest point of the Mutianyu Great Wall is 1039-meter high.
From the mountain foot, you may climb up to the wall by steps, or take cable car, and for getting down from the wall, the sideway could be the third choice.
At the foot of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu International Cultural Village opens for travellers also, the village consists of Mutianyu, Xinying, Beigou and Tianxianyu four small villages, with an area of 17.8 square kilometers. Today, there are more than 80 foreigners live in the village, they came from North America, Europe and Oceania, they renovated some old local houses to be their favourate styles, live and run resturants or coffee bars here.  After some trekking on the Great Wall, come to the village to enjoy a coffee, you may feel like at home. Some of them even provide accommodation.
For lunch, the Schoolhouse (No 12 Mutianyu Village Beijing) is highly recommended, the Schoolhouse has their own kitchen gardens, Roadhouse, as well as orchard. Randhir Singh is the Executive Chef of the Schoolhouse Canteen, their food based on fresh local ingredients and homemade in their own kitchens.  Their business time is 09:00-21:00 every day, and the reservation number is +86-10-6162-6506.