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Simatai Great Wall

Gubeikou Town, Miyun County 101508, China
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Ranked #2 of 59 Attractions in Miyun County
Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Newark, New Jersey
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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26 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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99 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

There is something about the wall that just makes you speechless. The history, the scenary, make sure to enjoy your time here! A bit far from where I stayed in Beijing (Wangfujing), but if I ever go back to Beijing, I'll make sure to visit here again. Remember your camera! Visited march 2012

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Our gudie brouhgt us through a farmland, to climb a ladder to get to this part of the wall which is still mostly in ruin. It is very adventurous trip since you actually have to CLIMB the wall. The most beautiful Greatwall I have ever seen

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Huntington, West Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I gave it an excellent rating based on what the locals said about it and the view from the road. It looked amazing from the valley looking up but the military stopped us miles before we got to it and said it will be closed until fully restored. So if you are heading out of Beijing just to see this... More 

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Toulouse, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

This is the place to go to see and hike the great wall of China. I really love this place because there is less people, it is more in ruins, but you have to earn the view : you have to climb, climb and climb and at the end you will be able to take amazing photos.

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