Mutianyu & Summer Palace Day Tour Frequently Asked Questions

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Whether you are thinking about booking with us, or you’re all booked up and waiting to go, view & read frequently asked questions & answers here. If there is anything you are unsure about, please feel free to contact us by sending us a message here.

1: I will be visiting Beijing for a short time, and I have to choose between visiting the Temple of Heaven or the Summer Palace. Which site would you recommend for an afternoon?  

It’s simply a matter of personal taste. Both Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven will offer you a unique experience and can’t be compared.

If you like people watching, go to the Temple of  Heaven in the morning. There will be plenty of locals playing Majong, dancing, singing, cracking whips, practicing Tai Chi, etc. You can get involved personally in these activities and have a lot of fun.

A completely different experience from the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace offers fantastic natural views that present a relaxing and pleasurable environment. As the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, the Summer Palace has more beautiful sites–the long painted corridor, the marble boat, etc. to explore.

2: Is Summer Palace a must-go in Beijing? 

It all depends on the amount of time at your disposal and your interests. Beijing has a large number of ancient landmarks to explore. If you have two days in Beijing, make good use of the time then you will have a memorable tour of the Summer Palace. You won’t be disappointed by the view of the Summer Palace if you’re looking for a relaxing experience.

Mutianyu & Summer Palace travel tips
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3: Which part of the Great Wall is better? Mutianyu or Badaling? 

It’s hard to say which one is better. It’s a matter of your preference. Generally, Mutianyu appears more authentic, more beautiful, and less crowded than Badaling. Badaling is the most famous and is easily accessible by train and bus from Beijing. You can check out this post for more discussion.

4: I have heard there is a chair lift and a cable car in Mutianyu Great Wall? Do  I have to take the chair lift or cable car to get on the Wall?

There is no official route. You can either take the cable car/chairlift to the top or climb there yourself. If you don’t like climbing too much, it’s highly recommended to take the cable car to tower 14 or the chairlift to tower 6. By doing that, you will spend the most time on the Wall to get great views.

5: Which is the best time to visit Mutianyu Great Wall, early morning or late afternoon?

Mutianyu tends to be fewer people early in the morning or late in the afternoon, depending on the day and the weather. Generally speaking, getting to Mutianyu early in the morning will enjoy the best walk, with the perfect opportunity to ride a cable car or chairlift without possible crowds. You may want to consider seeing the Wall in the afternoon in winter as it could be colder in the morning.

6: How long does it take from tower 14 to walk to tower 6 for the slide?

The one-way walk from tower 14 to tower six would take about 1.5 hours at a moderate pace, depending on the day and weather. There are some steep steps between buildings that may add to the difficulty of your walk. All in all, Mutianyu has easier walking conditions and fewer crowds.  It is much more enjoyable to walk in Mutianyu than in Badaling.

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7: Do you have some advice for a person 60 years old to climb Mutianyu? Is there something that she can take to go up and after by herself? Any advice would be appreciated.

It’s highly recommended to use the cable car to avoid the initial climb up and descending the Wall. Once you are at the top, walk at your own pace, and avoid overdoing it. If you are suitable for only 1.5 km, walk only 1.5 km. Mutianyu has an excellent walking conditions; you will enjoy the beautiful scenery on foot. One step at a time. Have no goal except for that next step. Have fun!

8: Are young children, age 3 or 4, able to go on the toboggan of Mutianyu Great Wall?

According to Mutianyu toboggan restrictions, children below the age of ten or have a height measuring less than 130 cm better be accompanied by a responsible adult to ride for safety reasons. At Mutianyu, carts for single and double is available so that adult can keep their child accompanied during the ride.

I hope most of your concerns should be answered here and essential information. Thank you for visiting and enjoying your tour of Beijing!

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