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Submitted on Jul 19, 2020 Useful Info

2021 Jiankou to Mutianyu Self-guided Hiking of the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall Jiankou to Mutianyu Hike, A Self-guided Experience


A few days ago, a friend told me about Jiankou and Mutianyu, saying she wants to do the same challenging hike. I shared the same story posted here about my self-guided experience.

It's been a long time since I came back from Jiankou and Mutianyu, and as I walk along the road, I sometimes feel like I'm still there, under the blue sky and the white clouds, on the Great Wall.

We are proud not because of the magnificent beauty of the Jiankou, but because we have used our limbs and asses to touch the broken body of the weather-beaten masonry and earth of the Great Wall.

We marvel at the unimaginable feat of building this world-shaking marvel, and we marvel that we're actually a little proud to be able to climb this little section of the Wall for ten thousandths of a second now!

Life moves on to renew some memories, naturally as time goes on. What was long ago and not profound enough, fades away and is not even mentioned anymore.

Two friends from Australia visited us. We decided to treat our friends a hike to the wild Great Wall. My friend Hao works for the Great Wall Adventure Club as the local expert. Hao lives at Jiankou village and leads many groups to hike Jiankou and Mutianyu for the Great Wall Adventure Club. User submitted photo of Great Wall Of China


Arriving Jiankou from Beijing

We took a car from Beijing to the Jiankou. We arrived at Xishanzi second team village as long as 1 hour and a half. Dusty all the way, we stayed in a farmhouse of Hao's, with simple rest and organize equipment, set off to the Zhengbeilou Tower of Jiankou.

The north building is the highest point of the arrow buckle section of the Great Wall, is a good place to shoot the sunset, four o'clock in the afternoon, the sky is still foggy, visibility is very low, looking at the sunset shot no hope, early retreat, looking back on the way, the sunset appeared a few minutes, although not spectacular, also considered blessed.

It was the first time I had a chance to go to the beach, and it was the first time I had a chance to go to the beach.

It rained at night and blew a strong wind all night, but in the morning, the Great Wall was clearly visible from afar.

The footsteps felt more light, from the Xishanzi five teams of parking lot to start climbing the mountain, 40 minutes, climbing the Great Wall, began the pilgrimage.

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First Dangerous Spot of Jiankou

The section of the Great Wall at Jiankou is heavily weathered and has collapsed in many places, making the climbing more difficult, but with caution and some outdoor climbing experience, it can still be done.

The first obstacle after climbing up the ravine is the 90-degree rock face up, which looks like hanging in the air when you look down, and is not feasible for those who are afraid of heights.

So had to go around to the side trail to pass through, which was also dangerous.

Eternity stands in this place, with the abyss at its feet.

They said their whole bodies were weak when they stepped over, in a cold sweat!

If you don't go to the Great Wall, you are not a good man, and this Great Wall is not Arrowhead Buckle.

I remember, a few days before I went to Arrowhead, I talked to my friend.

Thought the name Arrowclaw was like the hero of the poem.

It's hard and poetic, and can be used as a song or a wine pairing.

Mutianyu, on the other hand, is like a lady's daughter, gentle and virtuous, yet generous.

If arrow buckle is a king, then Mutianyu must be the worthy queen!

Difficulties between the ravine and the little pueblo are everywhere, too.

The slippery, steep cliffs are not too difficult, but they are extremely demoralizing.

Crawling and rolling in various positions unable to get through the cracks.

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The untouched Jiankou is the real face of the dragon.


It was a rainy day, whether it was fog or rain.

Beijing's sky, a scar under the dome that won't heal!

That morning, it was raining like the south of the river, but not as clear as the south of the river.

Stifling wet hair and shoes, icy and depressing, while we press on.

Even the ones with a little bit of a hankering to leave couldn't make up their minds.

So, they all smirked in silence.

From the high point of the Little Potala Palace, looking out over the seemingly untouchable Masa North Building.

No sunlight, thousands of miles of clouds, but calm in the fog.


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Straight up and down the little Potala Palace, the levels are similar to those of the unseen Potala Palace.

There's nothing wrong with the name, but it's steep enough that the Potala Palace doesn't have it, for those who haven't been up the creek.

It takes skill and guts to walk this section, having seen four or five people wandering around the cliff for a long time on the way in.

In the end, I didn't see them climb down, and it's hard to climb from down to up, let alone from up to down.

Should we shelve the heavy shell and search for exactly where there is blue sky.

I'm going to climb up step by step, waiting for the sun to still its face.

Big dreams in a small sky, heavy shells wrapped in a soft look up.


Getting to Mutianyu Great Wall

She, perched on top of a mountain range, cool and majestic, quietly watching us as we crawled from the difficult and unforgiving mouth of the ravine to the daunting little Potala Palace.

Then climb up to the infamous Zhengbei Tower and finally reach Mutianyu.

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All the way through the old tracks, wreckage and undergrowth.

uncarved landscape, each brick yet a testament to history.

Each weather-beaten rampart recreates the vicissitudes of the Golden Horde.

On top of the dangerous cliff, the imposing, unyielding wind and bone for a thousand years!

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The ups and downs between the city buildings, the same ride after another.

Seemingly in a formation, there is no beginning and no end, just a constant up and down.

Passing the Zhengbeilou, realizing the one horse that had been in my mind for thousands of times.

The stairs down to the eye blossom, and a flower in the heart.

The preciousness of a life of poverty.

It will teach you the rarity of having happiness, the shame of being so fickle.

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The ups and downs between the city buildings, the same ride after another.

Seemingly in a formation, there is no beginning and no end, just a constant up and down.

Passing the Zhengbeilou, realizing the one horse that had been in my mind for thousands of times.

The stairs down to the eye blossom, and a flower in the heart.

The preciousness of a life of poverty.

It will teach you the rarity of having happiness, the shame of being so fickle.

Even if it's overcast and rainy, it can't stop the rotation of the seasons.

The color of autumn, this cluster of bright yellow, will be the brightest mark on the title page of future pages of memory.

Perhaps, in a few years, we will forget many of the things that happened, but I hope you will still remember the feeling of having been warmed. Still sporadically remember that happy feeling....

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Recommended Jiankou-Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking Operator:

Great Wall Adventure Club


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