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Address: Gubeikou Town, Miyun County 101508, China
Phone Number: 010-84023595
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Great Wall Hiking Tour from Beijing: Simatai West to Jinshanling

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Authentic part of Great Wall and how to avoid paying entrance fee to the village

For the benefit of those who can't speak and read Chinese it is possible to avoid paying the RMB170 to reach the Great Wall. Before you reach the big building with Starbucks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Falls Church, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The Simatai section of the Great Wall is fun, interesting, and definitely worth a visit, but the local (corrupt?) authorities have cheapened their wonderful Great Wall by putting the fake WTown village at the bottom and making you go through it to get to the Wall. I don't have a problem with fake tourist villages, but forcing Great Wall visitors... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

For the benefit of those who can't speak and read Chinese it is possible to avoid paying the RMB170 to reach the Great Wall. Before you reach the big building with Starbucks there's a small gate to your left, behind the gate on your left hand side there's a small wooden booth that sells ticket to the Wall for only... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

It is much farther from Beijing, and so worth the effort and additional cost to get there. We saw fewer than 12 other people our entire day at the wall. The views were stunning - staggering heights and long views of the wall winding the surrounding hills, all without another soul in sight.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

we booked hiking tour on the Great Wall in Simatai. Absolutely amazing. As we were told we walked some 10 or more km along the Wall. This is truly historical old portion of the Great Wall. Local people followed with trade which was strange and annoying in the beginning but then if not to pay much attention to individual traders... More 

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Brisbane
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We travelled from Beijing by mini bus to Simatai. Admission was 170 RMB for the Wall and the village; another 10 RMB for the shuttle, and 120 RMB return for the sky rail up to the base of the Wall. From there it's another steep walk of 20-30 mins, though much quicker on return. From the Wall, the touristy village... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My husband and me went to Simatai last Saturday (this was our 3rd time visiting the Great Wall) and this part really did not meet our expectations. We read in our travel guide that a part of the Simatai section had been closed and re-opened for visitors again in 2014 - so we were really looking forward for this trip.... More 

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Beijing, China
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

For the lovers of Simatai like me, the creation of the Water Town resort around Simatai was a disappointment. You can read my review about it on Tripadvisor. But basically if you want to visit the wall, you need to go through the village and you need to pay the ticket fee, which can go up to 170RMB if you... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Ideal place to visit if you don't mind that what you see is not authentic and overcommercialized... Furthermore, the price is really high...

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Newark, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This portion of the wall is a long car ride away but better than the restored areas that were full of tourists and un-inspiring. I suggest taking the cable car up and then walking around. I was there before in 2005 and there were no other tourists and only a 75 year old woman successfully outpacing me along the wall... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My favourite part of the great wall. It's very very steep so be prepared and do not try it if you cannot walk up/down very steep stairs on uneven surfaces. Maybe because of that and the distance from Beijing it was very quiet (in February). The scenery (in the snow) was spectacular and the wall has some great towers etc... More 

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