There are many ways to climb the restored section of the Wall. Our Walking Guide to Mutianyu employs a social geographic approach with eight self-guided walks for visitors. Visitors should purchase tickets at the park ticket office or at The Schoolhouse or Brickyard and have tickets ready to show to local guards who patrol the area. However, we cannot guarantee that access, even with a ticket, will be granted.
From barbecues to farmers markets, art exhibitions to holiday dinners, and live music to fund raisers. Check our calendar of events to see a list of events happening here at The Schoolhouse.
View our village map to see where our restaurants, venues and Brickyard Retreat are located.
The Great Wall of China was constructed between 1368 and 1644 to keep out the nomadic tribes to the north. This 2.5 kilometer section is built mainly from granite with crenellations on both sides of the Wall and 22 watchtowers built at almost 100 meter intervals. High quality construction and unique features make this section of the Great Wall a prominent feature in the defense of the Capital. Other unique features in this section include the ‘Tail Wall’ which stretches out perpendicular to the Wall along a ridgeline for stronger defensive positioning, and another perpendicular extension on the other side of the Wall.
The Great Wall at Mutianyu is not nearly as crowded as nearby Badaling or Juyongguan sections, where large tour groups follow the beaten tourism path. In late afternoon, or in poor weather, you often might find yourself alone with only the sound of the wind to keep you company.
There are two tourist routes to visit the Wall at Mutianyu which include a cable car and toboggan. Alternatively, those who are more adventurous can take one of the lesser known paths to even quieter areas of the wall.
Open 365 Days a Year
April to October: 7:00 – 18:00
November to March: 7:30 – 17:30
General Admission: RMB 45
Children 12 & Under: RMB 25
Cable Cars, Chair Lifts and Toboggans
Cable Car One-Way: Rmb 80
Cable Car Round Trip: Rmb 100
Toboggan Down: Rmb 80
Chair Lift Up, Toboggan Down: Rmb 100
We work closely with our neighbours, the village governments, and park authorities to ensure our developments contribute to helping Mutianyu become a distinctive and sustainable Great Wall destination. We also help visitors learn about village life by administering a program of non-commercial visits with local families. Included in these trips are fees for private guides and interpreters. These visits are appropriate for anyone. From single travelers to groups, children to companies.
What’s “off the wall” is the village of Mutianyu nestled beneath the mountain pass famous for its crown pines and descendants of the laborers who built this section of the Great Wall during the Ming Dynasty. Agricultural products are apricots, pears, and chestnuts grown in orchards dotting the steep hills. To learn more, our book Mutianyu: Off the (Great) Wall is available for purchase and we can arrange guided tours.
We have special activities for many traditional Chinese and Western holidays from Chinese New Year’s Eve to Christmas. We welcome you and your family to share in the festivities with us.
Mutianyu Village is one of four villages in the little valleys under Mutianyu Great Wall connected by trails and agricultural lanes through orchards and pine forests. Each village (Mutianyu, Beigou, Xinying, Tianxianyu) is a community with its own history and local feeling. Perhaps the best way to get a sense for life in the countryside is to get on your feet and go exploring.
Our staff have put together small picture guides to some of our hikes specifically designed for using on a mobile phone. Below are links to our guides:
Mutianyu is one of more than twenty villages in Bohai Township, a remote mountain area northeast of Beijing that is part of the Huairou District. Our intern from France, Audrey Gueho came up with 12 scenic rides ranging from very easy to quite challenging. She wrote and illustrated our book Biking Bohai available for purchase. If you don’t have your own bicycle, the Brickyard rents Trek bicycles to lodging guests.
We commit ourselves to sharing knowledge we gain with others, and believe children are the best audience for learning about environmental awareness, social and cultural issues. Our Schoolhouse Curriculum includes engaging programs designed for primary school children based on real life examples in Mutianyu Village. Each program can be duplicated anywhere in the world and moderated by any adult, teacher, or even young adult and includes teaching guides, activity materials and additional resources.
We have not copyrighted the curricula. If you use it, credit to The Schoolhouse and the authors would be appreciated.
Traditional foodways, cultural dissemination of foods, and the impact of the modern world are explored through six dining experiences around Mutianyu — from farmer’s home, to home stay, to restaurants, to festival foods — in this book by our Italian intern, Tiziana Ghezzi.