I decided to end my summer trip in Beijing with a BANG! True enough, IT WAS! My friend and I decided to go to Mutianyu where the watchtowers and passes were built on the steep mountains (and what a climb it was!). Hiring a private taxi indeed was the best transport to take since it only took us a little over an hour. And it’s cheap! It’s a fast and easy way to get to the Great Wall if you want to spend a lot of time trekking the only man-made structure visible from space!
For a start, the spectacular view on a 5-minute cableway car ride will get you all excited. The place is simply surrounded by endless forests with a good view of the villages below. Before you know it, you’re on your way to conquer the Great Wall. Mutianyu doesn’t get so crowded. So you’ll definitely have many chances of getting photographs with just yourself or no one at all! You will surely be mesmerized by the beauty of the place. You can even find a good spot to sit, relax, take in the cool breeze and imagine yourself as a soldier during the Ming Dynasty.
If you’re the adventurous type, you can even get past the undeveloped parts once you reach Da JiaoLou. Despite the warning sign, we continued to walk through to see what’s beyond. You surely wouldn’t want to miss it! These parts are simply untouched and had been taken over by nature. Be very cautious though and make sure you’re well insured!
If ever you decide to end your day, what better way to go down than to take a Toboggan, aka “non-irrigated farmland sled.” It’s a whole lot easier and a whole lot more fun than walking your way down the mountain. I definitely would love to come here again come Autumn! The colors will surely be BREATHTAKING!