Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town
Upon arriving at Simatai, you can hike up the sheer sides of the wall by yourself or ride on a cable-car to the summit (at your own cost). Once you are up there, you will be amazed with how untouched and well preserved this Great Wall still remains since Ming Dynasty. There are almost no hawkers at Simatai, just few windswept old ladies sell postcards, ice-creams and cold bottles of water. The entire Wall is yours, and you can explore it by your own pace...
Upon arriving at Simatai, you can hike up the sheer sides of the wall by yourself or ride on a cable-car to the summit (at your own cost). Once you are up there, you will be amazed with how untouched and well preserved this Great Wall still remains since Ming Dynasty. There are almost no hawkers at Simatai, just few windswept old ladies sell postcards, ice-creams and cold bottles of water. The entire Wall is yours, and you can explore it by your own pace. As you walk along the 5.4 kilometer stretch that straddles Beijing City and Hebei Province, you will realize how difficult to build this Great Wall. What an amazing construction! Simatai Great Wall sits on rugged ridge 960 metres above sea-level. It really is an architectural wonder.
After coming down from the Wall, you can start walking around in Gubei Water Town where is a rare natural old town with a combination of mountains, water and ancient dwellings. With a history of thousands of years, this town possesses an old-fashioned simplicity and elegance. Row upon row of houses, old quartzite streets and long Hutongs characterize the style and features of the old town. You can have your lunch in this lovely town (at your own cost).
Your tour is end between 2:40pm to 3:00pm, and you will get on the coach bus again to return back to your hotel in Beijing.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- You Must provide your hotel information upon booking or leave your Beijing local contact number in special requirement field.
- The hotel pickup and drop-off is only available for hotels with 3 rings.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.View Less
Real wall and real China... a must see! Easy, no weelchair accessible (only the wall).
This tour is a must for those who like off-the-beaten-track experiences. Be warned, you do need a certain level of fitness for this!
So glad we went to Simatai for our first Great Wall visit! We do not like crowds so this was perfect. A minivan picked us up and dropped us off to get onto a larger tour bus. First stop was the Gubei water town. A beautifully restored town on a river, in a lovely part of the country though the visit could have been longer.
Then on to the Great Wall. Our tour guides were good and made sure everyone was accounted for. The Great Wall is awe-inspiring. We caught the cable-car to the top so we could begin hiking along this part of the wall. We were climbing hand over foot in some of the more strenuous parts, it was the experience of a lifetime! Once we had all completed the climb we headed back to the bus for the next stop, an afternoon meal. 5 minutes away, the locally owned restaurant cooked a heap of food which we all really needed. Great food! Then they dropped us all off back in Beijing.
Wear your hiking shoes and bring water. This is not for the faint of heart, if your confident you can handle it, this tour is a must!
Safe transportation to and back from Gubei water town in a very comfortable vehicle. The driver was extremely punctual for every pickup, and guide Nancy was very helpful and informative. Simatai section of the Great Wall offer stunning view with an easy option of cable cars facility. Reliable, good value of money and strongly recommended.
I was pleasantly surprised by this tour. Chan, our dear guide was a total pleasure. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the Great Wall and at times, very funny. However, my Simatai tour was changed to the Jinshanling Great Wall instead, since that side was closed off. But I can't complain. Upon arrival, you have an have an option to either take the cable car or do the 2 1/2 hours climb to the wall, plus an hour descent back to the bus. I opted for the hike. This part of the wall was amazing there were only a handful of us on and no crowd at all. it was very intense and rigorous, but a great workout and a lot of amazing photo ops. After the hike, we went to the water town. it was very quaint and quiet, but beautiful surroundings. We were also treated to a nice lunch at a local spot near the wall. All in all, it was a fantastic tour and Chan is highly recommended.
Unbelievable. I did this by myself - in the middle of winter.
If you are after a safe way to do a self guided trip this is the one for you. Picked up from the hotel, dropped at the wall and left to your devices all day - before meeting at the pre-arranged meeting place. Safe bus, Safe guide. Would recommend to everyone.