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The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall

#160 of 11,955 Restaurants in Beijing}
₹₹ - ₹₹₹Chinese, International
12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
+86 10 6162 6506
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“burger” (12 reviews)
“bread” (7 reviews)
“great lunch” (5 reviews)
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Chinese, International
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the best part of the Great wall and the food is amazing. A good burger after an overdose of traditional local food was just what we needed. The theme, location and layout of the restaurant is great. There is a certain picnic vibe...More

Thank whereissamm
Reviewed 21 October 2017

After a fantastic walk along the Great wall at Mutianyu in lovely winter weather, our driver brought us here for lunch. We had stew pork with chestnut, mushroom risotto with duck confit and minestrone soup. Herbal bread was complimentary. This place is simply renovated and...More

Thank Kim025Singapore
Reviewed 11 October 2017

we actually went to the sister location at the Brickworks Hotel for lunch. It was in the country side and a lovely quiet location. The food was great - I had the chicken curry and my husband the burger. Large protions and delicious

Reviewed 9 July 2017

Worth a trip if viusiting this area of the wall. A fusion of Asian and Western tastes served in a fantastic atmosphere. A great oasis from many meals in a row of Chinesee food (which I loive but everyone needs a break). Definitely recommend a...More

Thank Will C
Reviewed 28 November 2016

The schoolhouse is a tucked in place near Mutianyu part of the wall. Our menu was preset and arranged by a tour guide. Don't expect a traditional Chinese cuisine, but if you are up for a good sandwich after a hike, this place is highly...More

1  Thank Lina A
Reviewed 25 September 2016

If you are lucky enough to enjoy a day at the Great Wall with good weather and clear skies, you really cannot do better than topping it off with an al fresco lunch at The Schoolhouse. Nice variety of Asian and western dishes; fresh salads;...More

Thank MEMworldwide
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We visited for lunch on a visit to the Great Wall. Our tour guide brought us here for lunch....what an unexpected surprise . The food is all locally sourced, and they have a huge garden of herbs and vegetables onsite. This is an oasis for...More

Thank Richard J
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2016

Dear Richard J, Wow! That review title really means something from an experienced world traveler like you. We're just delighted to know that you enjoyed your visit to our Lodge at our nearby Brickyard Retreat. My wife and business partner, Liang Tang, remembers well showing...More

Reviewed 12 August 2016

We visited The Schoolhouse as part of a group trip after our walk on the Great Wall, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I always rate a restaurant by whether or not I would buy their shirt if they had one, and I would have bought...More

Thank LPinFL
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2016

Dear LPinFL, Glad to know you enjoyed and would have bought a shirt! We do have them in stock and there's really no excuse we couldn't get one to you in time. Will you please send me a private message with your size and your...More

Reviewed 11 August 2016

I only have amazing things to say at this place. I only regret for not staying longer. I booked it for only one night and went back to Beijing the next day after hiking at the Mutianyu section. The staff is friendly, the rooms are...More

Thank Patricianeid
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2016

Dear Patricianeid, This is Jim Spear, a partner in The Schoolhouse and the Brickyard Retreat. I really appreciate your wonderful review. We hope you DO come back to stay with us again. Wishing you safe and happy traveling... Jim Spear & Team

Reviewed 4 June 2016

The schoolhouse is a very cute little spot to stop at, but I've been disappointed several times. Despite the fact that we plan visiting ahead of time (you have to, if you are purchasing a vehicle pass through them to go to Mutianyu...at least the...More

Thank TravelingChens
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2016

Dear TravelingChens, Our restaurant is currently only open for groups by advance reservation due to local traffic restrictions. We suggest a la carte guests dine at our sister property, the Brickyard Retreat, in nearby Beigou Village. Thank you, Jim Spear, Partner

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15 August 2016|
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Response from sunyswimpurch | Reviewed this property |
i did not see many vegetarian options but if you have a guide who can call ahead they may be able to accommodate you. They have many delicious local fish options.
20 May 2016|
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Response from jimatmutianyu | Property representative |
Dear HawaiiKai, Hi I'm Jim Spear, founder of The Schoolhouse. Our website is correct. Although we're not serving a la carte there now, we'd welcome you to try the Lodge in our nearby boutique retreat, the Brickyard, which... More
jen p
19 November 2015|
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Response from jimatmutianyu | Property representative |
Hi Jen P, it is about a 10-15 minute walk between The Schoolhouse and the end point of the chair lift and toboggan. From the toboggan it is a downhill walk. There is a one-way road that leads up to the Great Wall, and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Huairou Scenic Resort
  • Neighbourhood: Huairou Scenic Resort
  • Phone Number: +86 10 6162 6506
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The Schoolhouse is based on an abandoned village school and is part of a sustainable tourism business founded by Jim Spear & Liang Tang, longtime expat residents of Mutianyu, in 2006. We offer local foods made fresh from scratch to groups of 12 to 144 people with family or buffet style menus. Advance booking is required. The operating season each year is early March to November, closed for winter vacation. Individual guests and small parties are welcome to book a table at the intimate lodge cafe in our nearby hotel, the Brickyard at Mutianyu, which is open year-round. The Brickyard is a long-running Travelers Choice winner based on a repurposed glazed tile factory and includes extensive gardens. The outdoor terrace offering spectacular views of the Great Wall is open for dining in clement weather. The Brickyard can also serve groups of 12 to 144 people on the premises year-round by prior booking. We also operate a nearby noodle shop called Xiaolumian open for groups of 12 to 36 people from early March to October by prior booking. The noodle shop is also open on weekends and holidays 12:00-16:00 from April to October to individual guests and small groups.
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