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The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall

#90 of 11,830 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Huairou Scenic Resort
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12 Mutianyu Village | Huairou District, Beijing 101405, China
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+86 10 6162 6506
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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 recommended.

Thank Lina A
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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; refreshing drinks; lovely courtyard.

Thank MEMworldwide
Baltimore, Maryland
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600 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 relaxing and just chilling out. After a wonderful lunch, the owner took us on a... More 

Thank Richard J
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

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 you around and she enjoyed the chance to spend time with you. Truly the nicest... More 

Lake Mary, Florida
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133 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 the polo shirt if they could have found it quickly before we needed to leave.

Thank LPinFL
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

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 address and I'll have a shirt expressed to you at no charge -- we need... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 rudimentary with huge windows facing the Great Wall. The food is also very good (and... More 

Thank Patricianeid
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

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 More 

Beijing, China
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 day before), the staff on every occasion seemed to just be arriving, and we waited... More 

Thank TravelingChens
jimatmutianyu, Owner at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall, responded to this review

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 More 

Hefei, China
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

I loved this restaurant. It was far enough away from the tourist traps of mutianyu and had a great selection of local fare and western food. Grab a beer relax in the surroundings of this beautiful building and friendly service.

Thank sunyswimpurch
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17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

You can see people working and teaching others, which is very nice! You can find mementos and take a rest after the Great Wall.

Thank Jose M
Beijing, China
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64 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

Is ok not super delicious but the place is nice and the staff friendly. Is also nice to see the structure of this school

Thank ivana7910
Hong Kong, China
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102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

The Schoolhouse at Brickyard at the Great Wall is located a short drive from the Mutianyu entrance. All the old farmhouse buildings are restored and there is a small restaurant overlooking the garden. We were booked for a set lunch menu and could choose from 2 starters, 3 mains and there was some dessert and coffee/tea afterwards. Starter choice was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Chinese, International
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
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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
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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