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Simatai Great Wall

Gubeikou Town, Miyun County 101508, China
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Type: Ancient Ruins
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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32 helpful votes 32 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

The best time to hike this portion of the Great Wall is during the fall, around Sept and Oct. The cable car is a joke. It takes you through the flat portion and leaves you to hike the steepest portion on your foot. Once you get to the top of the wall, you are rewarded with a fantastic view. I... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Forget touristy Badaling and head straight to Simatai for an amazing experience on the Great Wall of China. We couldn't believe our eyes. The wall here is way older than the section at Badaling and the views were just beyond fantastic! Plus, we think the distance from the city helps, as Badaling suffers too much from all the pollution in... More

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