One of the things on my awesomeness list is going from the Netherlands to Asia by car or bicycle. So when I went on my “out of the comfort zone” trip of 6.5 months I thought I could do something like it on a way smaller scale. I thought it could be a cool adventure to buy a bike in Beijing and ride it all the way to the Great Wall.
I found a WalMart that sold bicycles and mountainbikes. At that moment I was certain of it: I will go to the wall by bicycle, this could be a pretty cool adventure. And that’s exactly what it became. 😛 It ran a bit different than I expected, but that made it only more interesting 🙂
“I will go to the wall by bicycle, this could be a pretty cool adventure. And that’s exactly what it became.”
Eventually I went to another part of the Great Wall than I intended to. I actually wanted to go to the Simatai section (this is a non renovated part of the wall). But because of some time issue I went to Mutianyu (restored part). This was set up to be pretty touristy but it was not that busy, which wasn’t that bad in the end.
It is pretty easy from Beijing to get to Mutianyu. There is a bus (bus 916 快 (express) or 916) from Dongzhimen to Huairou Bus Station, get off at the terminus (or Qingchun Road North End or Huairou North Street). The express takes about 60 to 70 minutes and costs 12 Yuan. Once in Huairou you can take a minivan that will cost you around 40 Yuan (locals pay only 5). Once at the top, you need to pay an entrance fee (45 Yuan) and if you like a ticket for the cable car (80-100 Yuan). So with a little luck you will be standing on the wall for just 149 Yuan (22 Euro), drinks not included. If you go with an organized hostel/hotel tour it will cost you around 350 Yuan. So you choose 😉
Above you can see the video and below you find some snaps that I took along the way.