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Simatai Great Wall

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Address: Gubeikou Town, Beijing 101508, China
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Breathtaking Great Wall Tour

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... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 

Thank ZahraNairobi
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Christian L
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Duccio A
Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to do Simatai instead of Mutianyu and boy we are glad we made that choice. The views at Simatai was unparalleled and the very few number of people around made for a peaceful, delightful experience. Definitely not for the faint hearted, this section of the Great Wall is the closest to its original condition. With no restoration work... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

It was really a great experience to climb till reach the watchtower. But I was the last one to reach the watchtower. Not advised for poor stamina people esp old people and little young kids. I felt breathless and my legs cannot climb further up. Rest on each 4 steps up and forced myself. Half way up, saw someone vomits.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I was very fortunate to do the hike on a sunny blue sky day! The large groups of people dispersed quite quickly as I climbed the wall and by the time I got to tower 4-5 there was barely anyone at all. Most people only go to tower 2 or 8 (cable car).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Simatai Great Wall is divided into east and west sections by the Simatai Reservoir, with about 20 watchtowers on the west section and 16 watchtowers on the east section. Since the development of Gubei Watertown, Simatai Great Wall has been closed to hikers from San Yan Lou (Three Eye Tower) or Si Yan Lou (Four Eye Tower) eastwards. Tower’s entrance... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Gubeikou water town is about 2 hours driving from Beijing. It s a very beautiful newly renovated old town located at the bottom of the Simatai wall. It's the second time we go with different friends and we all loved it. Next time we might even spend a night because the town looks even nicer at night. After hiking the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

We rent a car with a driver at our hotel in Beijing. it is worth it. If you are looking for a real local experience with all the amenities at The Great Wall , please go to Simatai.

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