Situated in Beijing’s Huairou District at least 73 km from Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the most symbolic parts of the great wall and among the 16 newest tourists’ attractions in Beijing. Having a unique construction with densely located watchtowers, Mutianyu has famous sections such as Ox Horn Edge, Jiankou, and Ying Fei Dao. While it was built in the Northern Qi Dynasty it was later restored to the Ming Dynasty. Today, it’s perhaps the best construction quality and the most preserved section.
Constructed mainly in granite, Mutianyu Great Wall is 4-5 meters wide and 7-8 meters wide. As compared to other parts of the wall, it has some very unique characteristics in its built. Some of its most notable features include
· With over 22 watchtowers, its watchtowers are densely populated.
· Both its inner and outer parapets are designed with merlons hence shots can be fired to the enemy from both sides.
· The Mutianyu Pass has 3 watchtowers with 1 big one and 2 small ones on both sides.
· It has a large area of vegetation which cannot be compared to any other area of the wall.
Tourists feature and the best time to visit
As the longest and the best restored great wall section, Mutianyu is one of the best places for tourists to visit. Apart from having better architecture than other parts of the wall, it’s also less crowded. In addition, there are very many cables cars that you can use to access it. With the cypresses and the greens of pines covering over 90% of the area, it’s beautiful throughout the year.
If you want to visit this place then the best time is during the autumn and spring. During winter, it’s not only chilly but also has slippery walls. However, you need to avoid visiting it during china’s major holidays when it’s likely to be packed with many tourists.