Famous Sections of the Great Wall:


The Great Wall News

'The Piano Guys' scales the Great Wall for video shoot

Internet sensation, the Piano Guys are in China. The Utah-based group took some precious time off their Asian tour in Singapore and Malaysia to fulfil their China dream - shooting a music video on the Great Wall of China...

September 16, 2013

Great Wall Forest Festival kicks off

The 2013 Yanqing Great Wall Forest Festival, the fourth edition of its kind, was held from August 24 to August 25 in the Tanglewood Music Valley at the foot of the Great Wall Badaling Section in Beijing's Yanqing County...

August 29, 2013

Jet Team above the Great Wall

Aircraft of Breitling Jet Team, a famous European aerobatic team, perform above the Great Wall of the Jiayuguan Pass in northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 13, 2013...

August 16, 2013

Unique section of the Great Wall draws in visitors

As people all know what the Great Wall looks like but did you know that some of it is built over water? The Jiumenkou section of the wall in Liaoning Province in North East China is famous for just that...

  August 09, 2013

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

Located at Huai-rou County, 73 km northeast of Beijing, Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the best preserved walls built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). This section of the Great Wall is connected with Juyongguan Pass in the west and Gubeikou Gateway in the east. Like other sections of the Great Wall nearby, it used to serve as the defensive barrier for the capital and imperial tombs.

First built in the mid-6th century during Southern and Northern Dynasty (420-589), Mutianyu Great Wall was put under heavy reconstruction in the Ming dynasty by the famous Ming General Xu Da. In 1404, a pass was built here. In 1569, another General Qi Ji-guang ordered to reinforce the walls, even until today most parts of it are well preserved.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Built mainly with granite, the wall is 7-8 meters high and the top is 4-5 meters wide. Comparing with other sections of Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall possesses unique characteristics in its construction.

Watchtowers and over-towering pass densely scatter along this section of Great Wall - exactly, 22 watchtowers in the 22500-meter-long wall. Another interesting feature is a moat near the wall designed to ward off the enemy's war horses.

Both the outer and inner parapets are crenellated with merlons, so that shots could be fired at the enemy on both sides - a feature very rare on other parts of the Great Wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Standing on the terrace called Zheng Guan Tai, 3 significant watchtowers, one big in the center and two smaller on both sides, are there creating a rarely seen structure among all sections of the Great Wall: these three watchtowers are connected each other inside with a main gate at the east side.

Besides, this section of Great Wall is surrounded by woodland and streams. The forest-coverage rate is over 95 percent, a lot greener than any other sections of the Great Wall and full of area for anyone brave enough to wander out with their hiking gear to explore.

Today, a cable car is in operation for the convenience of visitors. Another fun for children is the wheeled toboggan ride down from the wall on a winding metal track.

The official site of Mutianyu Great Wall: http://www.mutianyugreatwall.com/

The Great Wall Map Center

About Us

Greatwallchina.info is a web-based platform and community for the people who intend to learn, talk and find out more about the Great Wall of China - a construction feat first built 2200 years ago.

Partner Links


Famous Sections of the Great Wall: