Your trip to Beijing is not completed without a visit to the Great Wall. The Great Wall is on everyone's must-do list when travelling in Beijing, and generally speaking, Badaling and Mutianyu are the most visited Great Wall section from Beijing. They are most of the foreign travelers’ choice. But the problem also arises: which one should I visit? which one is better, Badaling or Mutianyu? Here Top China Travel would get you the answer by telling their difference, pros and cons.
|Distance from Beijing:||70km||75km|
|Public transport:||train, bus||bus|
|Admission fee:||Aprl-Nov: CNY45; Dec-Mar: CNY40||Adult: CNY45; Child: CNY25|
|Opening hours:||06:30-19:00 or 07:00-18:00||07:00-19:00 or 07:30-18:30|
In fact, both Badaling and Mutianyu Great Wall sections are easily accessible by public transport from Beijing. But Badaling is easier than Mutianyu as Badaling can be accessible by direct bus even a train, while Mutianyu can only be reached by bus. If you are push for time, Badaling is your right choice.
Badaling: If by train, travelers can use the S2 train to Badaling Great Wall, which departs from Huangtudian Railway Station near Huoying metro stop (on line 8 and line 13)and get off at Badaling Railway Station.
Mutianyu: No trains to Mutianyu section. But you have to take public bus 916 from Dongzhimen to Huairou District, taking one hour and running between 06:30 - 19:30. Then get off at Mingzhu Square stop where you can turn to take a private taxi or a minivan to Mutianyu Great Wall. You can also charter them.
Both Badaling and Mutianyu are the best-preserved great wall section outside Beijing and have lovely sceneries, but Badaling has lots of renovation work, which also makes it less authentic. While Mutianyu has less renovation work but has more authentic feel.
However, Badaling is more famous to foreigners and domestic tourists as it is the commonly visited section from Beijing and a lots of foreign celebrities has been to Badaling Great Wall.
Badaling Great Wall section is the most developed section with good tourist-friendly facilities, including disabled access and carble cars for climbing, going up or down the walls, also restaurants for eating.
Mutianyu Great Wall section also provides cable cars, chairlifts for going up and down the wall as well as toboggan ride for down the wall. See more information at cable cars in Mutianyu page.
Badaling is more crowded and touristy than Mutianyu. As Badaling is more close to Beijing with easy access, it makes Badaling Great Wall the most popular section in Beijing. It is most commonly visited by domestic tourists. Especially it becomes insanely crowded during Chinese public holidays. So, you'd better avoid visiting on holidays. Just check our Chinese public holiday calendar.
Mutianyu is touristy but less crowded as it is a little bit far from central Beijing with less publich transport to it,and fewer tour group coming here. It would be good for enjoying your trip quietly.
Both Badaling and Mutianyu are the well-preserved Great Wall section with lovely sceneries, and worth visiting during your visit in Beijing.
Badaling has the best preserved parts and well renovated walls. It can be easier accessible via train and bus, but it is also more touristy and insansely crowded on holidays.
While Mutianyu Great Wall is more authentic with less tourists, but it is far from centeral Beijing with less transport options.