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Address: Gubeikou Town, Beijing 101508, China
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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This is the best way to visit the Great Wall. Ok, it is a bit difficult because of the hiking way... but still worth. I wanted a tour far from the tourist places. And I found it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best way to visit the Great Wall. Ok, it is a bit difficult because of the hiking way... but still worth. I wanted a tour far from the tourist places. And I found it with this excursion.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed the night in Watertown and got up early to hike up to the Great Wall here before the cable car opens. Lovely sunny smog free day was our reward. Good paths leading up, some quite steep pitches but overall manageable. Reward was being able to see over 24 watchtowers along the Wall from one spot. Fantastic!!! Got busier as... More 

Thank RogerD272
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you speak Chinese, I highly recommend a day trip to Gubei watertown and Simatai great wall via bus. You can take the 980 express bus (do NOT board the local one) from Dongzimen station in Beijing to the last stop which is Miyun bus station, and from there the #51 local bus will get you to Gubei watertown/Simatai great... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're wondering if you can see the Great Wall over a weekend coming from Shanghai, read on! Some workmates and I had to be in Shanghai for two weeks and decided to take the fast train to Beijing and see the Great Wall on the weekend in the middle. We were worried about crowds since it was also a... More 

Thank Mark M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great trek of about seven miles up and down the Wall from Jin Shan Ling to Simatai. In July, it was hot and take water with you. Also, beseeched with people trying to sell you things that is distracting. The trek was worth the trip and my cab was at the finish when I arrived.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

You should be good to go to GubeiKou anytime you have more than a 3 day stop over in the Jing. Its a two hour to four hour drive determined by traffic but worth the hours to access part of the wall which don't have the same crush of humankind as Badaling and Mutianyu and hasn't been repaired to an... More 

Thank Don C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

We drove for about two ours from the city of Beijing to Simatai Great Wall. I must say that the visit to the Great Wall throught the Simatai section is one of the most amazing trips that I've ever had. Upon seeing the breathtaking beauty of the ancient chinese architecture at it's best, I couldn't help but to wonder the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This took me completely by surprise. It was completely empty, it seemed like a private tour just for us. Towers 1 to 10 are open to public and it has a cable car access in case you are unable to walk the whole distance. This is a better option than visiting Badaling and Mutianyu sections of the wall as this... More 

Thank Tamf1
Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

The wall at Simatai was great, and not that many people although it was beginning of August (weekday). We walked to the top and then took the cable car down. However, you need to cross a newly built fake Chinese old village to get there. It costs a lot if you want to see the village and I definitely don't... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

After long deliberation between the pros/cons of easy-to-reach-but-crazy-crowded Badaling/Mutianyu and far-away-but-supposedly-quiet trek from Jinshanling to Simatai, my friend and I opted for the latter. And luckily so! After days of battling our way through the crowds at the Forbidden City and Summer Palace, finally a moment of relax in a pleasant scenery - and all the while gazing at the... More 

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