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Simatai Great Wall

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Simatai Great Wall

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Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town
USD 55.00 per adult
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Gubeikou Town, Beijing 101508 China
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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Stephen C wrote a review Dec. 2020
965 contributions175 helpful votes
Having been to Badaling and Mutianyu sections of the Great Wall, I was therefore looking forward to visit the Simatai section. The added bonus is that there is the option to visit in the evening. To get to the cable car station for this attraction, we opted to go through Gubei Water Town (see my other review). I was not disappointed. The night view of the water town from the Wall is spectacular. Only a small section is open for visit in the evenings but still it was worth it as the lights are very nice.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Nadia M wrote a review Sep. 2020
20 contributions44 helpful votes
If you want to find the old Great Wall without many tourist, this is the only place you can go. First time I went more than 15 years ago and it is still in my heart
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Date of experience: October 2019
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poeticchampion wrote a review Feb. 2020
Columbus, Ohio8 contributions3 helpful votes
I and some Oz friends camped out here in October '95 (disregard the stupid required dropdown that only goes back to March 2019). Very, very rustic back then with no tourist crap yer. We rode on the local mini-bus from Beijing with the Chinese locals, which took about 4 hours one way. There were no tourist buses going there at that time. The locals still mined the wall for the bricks to build their homes and wall was just sand piles in places. We built a fire in one of the guard houses and slept there. During the night we got hit with a cold front and it rained. I was froze. But a great time all in all!
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Date of experience: March 2019
fiasco-ss wrote a review Jan. 2020
Perth, Australia192 contributions66 helpful votes
This short section (three towers) is only open in the evening. Access from Gubei Water Town and the Cable car opens at 5pm. In the autumn of October the sun has just set by this time and the wall has been lighted up by staff in advance. Not much walking involved it is mostly the atmosphere of being there. Maybe you could pack some nibbles and a little drink and lay back and enjoy it. Okay, it is a slightly novelty Great-Wall experience but it does add to teh overall experience. We stayed overnight in Gubei but you could extend it by a day and enjoy the town more.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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MargaretFNov wrote a review Dec. 2019
Adelaide22 contributions4 helpful votes
We liked the freedom this gave us to plan a trip that suits our needs. Local bus routes are cheaper, but also takes precious time out of your day. We paid 48 Yuan one way for a tourist bus direct to Gubeikou (Water Town). The bus schedule is set for day trips from Beijing and this allows you time to walk Simatai Great Wall, explore Water Town and if you stay until the last bus back at 9pm you can also see views of the wall lit at night. Water Town is a replica of Wuzhen Water Town in Southern China. I used Trip.Com app on iPad and phone to book combined tickets for entrance to Water Town and 2-Way Cable Car and entrance to Simatai Great Wall. WeChat is also an app to download and I paid for a short-term Chinese SIM to make sure I had data to access WeChat at any time. This was essential to arrange transport . Trip.com has details in English, you can show the QR code on your phone and overcome a lack of Mandarin. The tickets are only for the day booked. Other posts talk about need to buy in advance, but we could have just bought on arrival in November. By car park where bus stops is a building to drop off any luggage for free and clean toilets to use. If organising pick up for accommodation outside Water Town, please note you may need to walk a little way up the road to meet them (I think this was to avoid paying entrance fee for the car). We waited by the luggage storage and they then helped us back up to the car.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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