Being the enterprising people that they are, the Chinese have cable cars and ropeways (like a ski lift) taking you up to the wall from Mutianyu and a kind of a luge in a slide (called slideways), coming down. The ride lasts at least 3 minutes, no helmet is offered and its right under the ropeways.
We went up the wall three times – the first time by cable car, the second time we hiked up (we were strongly discouraged out of concern that the climb was too steep and difficult for children, but they didn’t know that the Fayet children started trekking in the Pyrenees in their diapers), the third time by the ropeways. We descended in the slideways twice. The girls screamed in exhilaration. I bit my tongue. Look at the photo of Tea after the ride. She’s saying “Look at my hair mama. It wouldn’t have been hair-raising if I had had a helmet on, would it?”