Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is ranked top on TripAdvisor among all the Great Wall sections, for its picturesque scenery and beautifully-restored architecture. This is the most child-friendly section, with various ways of visiting. It is about 1.5 hours' drive from downtown of Beijing. A Five-kilometer section was fully restored in 1986.
It has a long history and splendid culture, which is about 78 kilometers away from Beijing city. As one of the famous spots of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu Great Wall is the essence of the great wall of the Ming Dynasty. It has its own unique style. Zhengguantai is very rare because there are three watchtowers erected at one fortress. There are several sections is the northwestern part, known as the "Cow horns edge", "arrow" and "Eagles flying face up", which are steep, towering, and undulating, resembling a soaring dragon soar. In Spring, flowers bloom; in Summer, mountains are covered the whole green color with spring water running underneath ; In Autumn, red leaves cover the whole mountains range, with fruits on the trees; In Winter, snow falls and it's a pure white world. Thus it gains its reputation of Beijing’s the best part of the Great wall at home and abroad.
The Mutianyu Great Wall has four distinct seasons, and tourism activities can be carried out all year round. With ranges of mountains surrounded, the vegetation coverage rate has reached more than 96%, and the annual average temperature is 11.9 degrees Celsius, The warm and humid climate helps keep an abundant vegetation coverage, so the part of the Great Wall is nestled in the green mountains and rivers. The ancient atmosphere and the beauty of nature is well blended into one harmonious whole, leading to the reputation of the unique beauty of the Mutianyu Great Wall among "the ten thousand li Great Wall". There are over a thousand old trees of more than a hundred years old. From the beginning of March on, apricot trees, peach trees, Rhododendron and others start to bloom one after another all over the mountains; in summer. you can see green mountains, with spring water running below trees; in autumn, you can find green pine trees and cypress trees, red maple, oak, and chestnut trees, yellow apricot trees and golden pear and persimmon trees, purple pear and plum trees. All different colors of leaves intertwine with the white color of branches, forming a natural painting: in winter, snow mountains glow and gleam, presenting a picturesque Northland scenery