As we approached Mutianyu (a less busy gateway to the Great Wall), fruit vendors lined the streets, selling nuts and peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums and melons.
Our lodgings at Mutianyu is The Schoolhouse www.theschoolhouseatmutianyu.com. Are you surprised that one of the owners, Julie, used to be a teacher? But the reason for the name The Schoolhouse is because the main office and restaurant was the abandoned primary school of the village. Guests have a selection of houses to choose from; they are all houses rented from the villagers and which have been renovated to include modern amenities while preserving as much as possible of its original structure and authentic character.