A Winter Wonderland at the Great Wall of China

With early morning snow flurries in Beijing I wondered how the weather might affect our drive to Mutianyu. Thankfully, the flurries faded and we enjoyed a smooth ride to the Great Wall of China. The dusting only provided an accent to the scenic labyrinth of stones structure before our eyes. The snow created a winter wonderland.

We selected the lesser known section for a less crowded experience, but just like the winter tour of the summer palace, it was the weather that kept many visitors away too. It was cold. Very cold. And we basically had the entire Great Wall, the section at Mutianyu to ourselves.

Here is a look at the early morning views on the wall.

 The Great Wall of China in Winter at Mutianyu

 Standing at the Great Wall at Mutianyu outside Beijing, China

Also, part of the winter wonderland was in the transportation used to access the wall. We took a chairlift up (ski slope?) and rode the alpine slide back down. As odd as the chairlift was, it was even stranger to experience an “adventure” activity at one of the wonders of the world. And the Alpine probably doesn’t make most tours of China, but I’ll admit I did enjoy myself on the way down.

Great Wall of China Chairlift at Mutianyu

You take the chairlift up to the wall...

Great Wall of China Alpine at Mutianyu

And you take an alpine down from the wall...

The Great Wall of China, just like Chichen Iza, deserves its status as a wonder of the world. Definitely put a visit on your itinerary. I am glad I did.

A View of the Great Wall of China at MutianyuHiking the Great Wall in Winter with Snowthe Great Wall is more than just a wall, this is a path


Wearing the Red Star of China at the Great Wall Standing at the Great Wall at Mutianyu

It was cold, so I needed to purchase a hat

stay adventurous, Craig

This post was sponsored, but the experience, words, and photographs are all my own. And when I return to China, I plan to to visit more of the country including spending time on the River Yangtze.

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  • http://twitter.com/jettingaround Jetting Around

    Nice hat, Craig! Who would have thought that going to see the Great Wall would mean using a ski lift… You live, you learn I guess. :) Cool shots too.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Thanks, I still wear the hat in the winter too. As for the ski lift, it was a surprise to me too… the world is full of them. stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.maryjdresselbooks.com/ Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    These days I do my traveling through you, Craig. So glad you share. :-) How fast was the Alpine go down the hill? Amazingly beautiful shots here.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Mary, the Alpine was fast, very fast. You had your own break to use… I think the guards were trying to say slow down… but I didn’t speak Chinese too well 😉 stay adventurous, Craig

      • http://www.maryjdresselbooks.com/ Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

        Awesome, but I think I would be on the brake.

  • Maria Falvey

    The wall is amazing but I’m more excited about that alpine :-)

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Actually it was quite a ride…. tons of speed and plenty turns. definitely an adventure. stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

    I know, people don’t realize it is a hike… plenty of hills. And not all the spots have the chairlift… also, thanks for sharing an image of your adventure too… looks like summer, plenty of green… stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

    Oh we went to Mutianyu too.. practically all to ourselves though I think it’s just less touristy in general. Love the toboggan ride down! Hehe

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Kieu, that’s what I heard too… and it seems accurate. Plus, Mutianyu was definitely unique with the “downhill.”
      stay adventurous, Craig

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  • Rache

    Hello! Did anyone try the sunset on mutianyu section? I would like to do on my own but the website says it closes at 4 pm so was wondering whether it is possible since sunset is around 18:45… Thanks!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      We didn’t stay that late, but in Winter there wasn’t anyone around… we climbed in sections probably off-limits, so I think you can manage it. And offering a “tip” always helps too.

      Please let me know if you manage to capture a sunset image from there, I’d love it in my Sunset Sunday Series if you are willing to share the moment with my audience.

      stay adventurous, Craig