Renowned for its Ming dynasty guard towers and stirring views, the 2250m-long granite section of wall at Mùtiányù (admission Y45; 6.30am-6pm), 90km northeast of Běijīng in Huáiróu County, dates from Ming dynasty remains, built upon an earlier Northern Qi dynasty conception. It was developed as an alternative to Bādálǐng and is, in the balance, a less commercial experience despite motivated hawking and tourist clutter. The wall here similarly comes replete with a cable car (round trip Y80; 8.30am-4.30pm). October is the best month to visit, with the countryside drenched in autumn hues.