The Schoolhouse - Great Wall

Time:40 minutes-1 Hour
Difficulty level: easy

DISCLAIMER This Guide is provided by The Schoolhouse as a public service for armchair travelers to get a sense of the area around Mutianyu Great Wall. Actual conditions on the ground change constantly so we do not promise accuracy.

We strongly urge all readers to follow current government and park regulations regarding access to the Great Wall. We warn all readers that walking the Wild Wall is generally prohibited and that tourists are supposed to access the restored Great Wall only through officially designated places such as Mutianyu Great Wall Park. Consequences incurred for ignoring posted warnings are your own responsibility.

We urge anyone who goes exploring around the Great Wall to purchase park access tickets and keep with them while walking. The tickets are reasonably priced, pay for upkeep of the Great Wall, and allow employment of local people in the Park, keeping our area clean and safe.

We warn everyone that parts of the Great Wall and the surrounding mountains are very dangerous for walking or climbing, particularly in bad weather when the ground is wet or icy/snowy. Lightning strikes are common and every year people are seriously injured or killed around Mutianyu. If you are caught on the Wall in a storm, get off of it immediately and hug the ground. If you get stuck up on a mountain you or your family may be required to pay for rescue or body retrieval.

We remind you that the local agricultural roads and trails pass through orchards, farms, and communal lands. The local people depend on the produce of their land for their livelihoods. Taking anything, even a fallen chestnut, without permission is stealing. If you do steal you may be caught, fined, or otherwise punished.

The Schoolhouse accepts no responsibility or liability for any guest or other reader of this Guide who tries the route. By using/reading this Guide you explicitly indemnify and hold harmless The Schoolhouse for any injuries, damages or liability resulting from you walking the route and/or violating any official Chinese rules and regulations, trespassing on private or communal lands, or taking any property that does not belong to you.

1. Turn right on the main road outside The Schoolhouse, you should see the village infirmary after about 3 minutes walking uphill

2.Take the second right after the village infirmary; the entrance to hike 6 looks like this:

3. Follow the rock-paved road for about 20 minutes. At the end of the paved road you’ll see spray painted dots marking the beginning of a dirt trail on your left. Follow this trail up to the wall—about 20 minutes

4. Dot and arrows will guide you. A spray painted ‘X’ means ‘wrong way’