Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

Strange Hotel

I often have very strange Chinese hotel experiences. This one was no different. I walked into pretty much the only hotel in the small village of Mutianyu. First, it didn’t really look like a hotel from the outside. But from the inside, I can report, it also did not look like a hotel. It had a bunch of trees and bushes and little pathways here and there. Some seemed to go into closed restaurants where others just went to areas of general detritus. I eventually found the front desk after busting through some palm fronds. When I got there, they indicated that this was indeed the hotel, but there were no rooms. Not that there were no rooms available — just that there were no rooms. I thought this strange and asked if I could still somehow find a way to stay at this supposed hotel. They said, oh yes of course, but you have to go get in the car and go across the street to the hotel

Daily Photo – Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

The Great Wall has many different sections, being great and everything. I've visited many of them, but this one is by far my favorite. It's called the Mutianyu. Other sections are Badaling, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai. But this one is my favorite so far because it's well maintained, beautiful to photograph, and, best of all, not that many tourists! I ended up staying here way too late and was barely able to find my way back down into the village.

Exploring a new area of the Great Wall of China along the Mutianyu

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-01 22:15:46
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture5
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length33.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

  • Shea Goff

    Thank you for sharing your view of the world with the rest of us, Trey. I don’t say that often enough, but always think it.

  • That photo is amazing, the colors! Funny story about the hotel.

  • susan ratcliff

    wonderful photo – great story 🙂

  • garyabq

    One of the spots I’ve been to that you feature on you web site. People should know this is up in elevation and when walking the wall, it’s steep in spots. In summer bring lots of water (hot and humid)! Nice pictures!

  • Arlen

    Like your all other posts this post is also incredible. Images are awesome! I visited this destination before but after seeing these pictures I want to go there again and enjoy the rich blend of natural beauty of this region. First time I have been there about a years ago after my new york indianapolis trip with my whole family.

  • I love the Great Wall at Mutiyunu! Yes you are right – its less commercialised and so easy on camera!

  • Thanks – I am glad other people also know this section!

  • Thanks @ReadyClickAndGo:disqus 🙂

  • Very true @garyabq:disqus !

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