Before we could see the Great Wall, we had to either take the tram or climb the stairs.
The introductory set of stairs at Mutianyu took between 5 to 10 minutes to climb. A tram was also available.
We opted to climb the stairs. It took about 10 minutes.
View of the mountains in the distance from the stairs leading up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
Selfie with the Great Wall at Mutianyu in the distance.
Is that Mongolia in the distance?
John had Lydian do some Taekwondo moves for the camera while we were up on the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
We were surprised to find a bunch of touts at the top of the stairs leading to the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
Lydi peeks out through a hole in the wall at John as he looks through another hole.
Mutianyu is quite a bit different than Badaling. This section of the Great Wall was less sensationalized so it appealed more to foreigners like us.
It’s incomprehensible to see The Great Wall disappear over the mountains in the distance.
It was a lot easier to get to Mutianyu than to Badaling because the Yongdingmen Hotel arranged for our ride to Mutianyu.
We tried to capture the steepness of the wall in photos, but it just didn’t come through in the photos.
The stairs are so steep that it looked like the whole wall just dropped off until we got to the very edge of them.
Another shot of The Great Wall disappearing in the distance.
Inside a tower.
Inside a tower along the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
It’s so much steeper than it looks.
Very, very steep.
Before we went to the Great Wall, I had no idea how steep it was in places.
There was no way we’d go to the Great Wall without taking a selfie.
Another selfie with the Great Wall in the background.
It really is incomprehensible.
There were so many stairs in Beijing. And like these, many of them were extremely steep and a little treacherous.
The stairs and the wall itself at Mutianyu were extremely steep.
What a spectacular view…
Touts and vendors hung out at the top of the initial set of stairs leading up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Wisely, they sold drinks and snacks.
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Things to Do in Beijing: Lydi Doing Taekwondo on the Great Wall (video)