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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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Commercialised Great Wall Experience

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Brisbane
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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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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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Simatai section of the Great Wall is much more authentic than the touristy section at Badaling. During my first visit to Simatai in 2000, there were no signs of tourism, but things changed after the Olympics. Simatai has more dangerous sections of wall that are not 100% safe, so be careful when walking around. Some sections are extremely steep... More 

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Antwerp
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This place has been remodeled into a local tourist attraction beyond (our) believe. They built a new mega village around the entrance to the Wall, kind of a reincarnation of an old Chinese village. Mega parking places alike, we counted 5 for cars and 1 for buses. This ruins the setting and makes it a tourist trap. The village, parking,... More 

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Bali, Indonesia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This is a breathtaking place. Stunning views, ancient ruins are originals, and the narrow wall perching on top of razor edged hills are sensational. Standing on top of the wall, hearing nothing but the wind. This is not a very friendly section, some parts are forbidden to enter. Really worth going, much better than badaling. Have to go back here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We walked this section of the wall from Jinshanling...stunning views of the wall into the distance. One of my favourite walks we did across 3 days although my absolute favourite from Gubeikou to Jinshanling as that not nly gave us great views but the opportunity to walk on restored as well as unrestored sections.

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