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From Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Culture, sightseeing, travel

In the outskirts of Beijing, it’s possible to hike from the old, wild Great Wall to the newer, tourist friendly section. Starting out at Jiankou (剪口), you can see how the Wall was when it was built hundreds of years ago. After a few hours of hiking on the rugged terrain, you arrive at Mutianyu (慕田峪), which makes for a much easier walk and provides stunning views of the surrounding countryside. If your feet are too tired to hike back down, just hop on the cable car or zoom down in a toboggan!

怀柔区 – Huái róu qū
Huairou District

西栅子村 – Xi zhà zi cūn
Xizhazi village

剪口长城  - jiǎn kǒu cháng chéng
Jiankou Great Wall

一日游 – yī rì yóu
day trip

望楼 – wàng lóu

摄影师 – shè yǐng shī

慕田峪 – Mù tián yù

春天 – chūn tiān

冬天 – dōng tiān

忠于毛主席 – Zhōng yú máo zhǔ xí
Loyal to Chairman Mao

缆车 – lǎn chē
cable car

滑道 – huá dào

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Andy:

    Thanks for this briiliant post and all the lovely video–Your pictures are amazing. Just looking at those pictures make me want to climb the Great Wall of China now. I also found a great blog of Jinshanling travel tips, I’d love to share it here with you and for future travelers.

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