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Address: Gubeikou Town, Miyun County 101508, China
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Simatai, a section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Miyun...

Simatai, a section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Miyun County, 120 km northeast of Beijing, holds the access to Gubeikou, a strategic pass in the eastern part of the Great Wall. It's one of the most untouched section of the Great Wall which will surely become the highlight of your trip to China!

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Best Great Wall Visit

We were not planning to visit this section of the Great Wall having already seen the highly popular Badaling and Mutuanyu sections. But our driver suggested that we try this visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
Shuen Sheng F
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

We were not planning to visit this section of the Great Wall having already seen the highly popular Badaling and Mutuanyu sections. But our driver suggested that we try this visit even though it's a 2 hour drive by car. You start at very well designed old town called water town and although it costs about US $20, well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

A bit of drive but well worth the effort. Hardly anyone on the trails in the afternoon. The haze is a real bummer when trying to get decent photos of this world heritage site. Limited amount of visitors allowed per hour so book your tickets at least a day in advance if you are going to use the shuttle from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This is a great way to see the Wall without the crowds and the "touristy" sections. I loved the little town they are currently updating, just looked really cool and genuinely Chinese. There is a Starbucks not too far from the parking lot and even a hotel. I would bring some snacks or even lunch in a backpack, not a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We left our Beijing hotel with a friend at 7:00 AM to get out to the town to begin the excursion. Sturdy shoes and balance a must. The town you can walk through to get to the Great Wall - very "Disneyesque" but nice and worth the views for photographic opportunities. There is a bus or water taxi transport if... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Different from Juyong Pass and Badaling Great Wall, Simaitai Great Wall looks a little bit old, and not well repaired, some area even no nice access. Hard to reach there by public transport. When we visited the Great Wall, it was very windy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

It's away from most of the crowds -- at least first thing in the morning. We left Beijing at 7:30, hit traffic but the wall was still quiet until we were returning. I'd suggest leaving the city before 7am. A taxi for thr roundtrip costs about 800 RMB. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and bring water, maybe even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

All completely redone and they built a world class town and resort to go with the trip to the Great Wall. Climb or gondola to the top. Not crowed yet but it will be in the future!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I had a wonderful time on the Simatai Great Wall. I did though have a difficult time discovering how to just visit the wall, I thought I would share my learning. On the Tripadvisor Overview tab, click on the website link for Watertown. On the home page, click on Reservations. The first tab on the reservations page is for reservations... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Loved this section of the Great Wall. Hardly any tourists, it felt authentic and breathtaking. You approach it by a 30 minute walk though through a replica water town (Gubei) which is really very pretty and has shops/restaurants etc. We had found it very difficult to find out whether it is possible to get to the wall without taking a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

two hours drive from Beijing is the Simatai section of the great wall, skip the others, don't book a tour and go here, but be ready for steps, lots of steps, if you can figure out how to skip the fake water-town and get the bus straight to the wall, do that, if you can't then you have a 30... More 

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