Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall Walking Tour (no shopping)
The Great Wall is a must-visit spot for every traveler to Beijing, and makes for an awe-inspiring and culturally enriching experience. If you have already been to the world-renowned Badaling Great Wall, or are just looking for something more untamed and unspoiled, the Simatai section of the Great Wall is the ideal starting point. This one day tour will take you not only to the beautiful Simatai section of the Great Wall, but also to Gubei Water Town which surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake. This scenic hike is suitable for all levels and will charm you as it takes you through crumbling, ancient watch towers along the way. On a clear day you will be able to get some incredible photos to show loved ones back home and boast about your China experience! Both attractions are situated in Gubei Town of Miyun District in Beijing (120km north of Beijing).
Your Hotel or Apartment
Please ready by 07:00 AM for a prompt departure at 07:30 AM
Approximately 18:30 PM
.Discover a less-visited stretch of the Great Wall: Simatai;
.Explore the wall independently without the pressures of a group;
.Capture timeless photos in scenic Gubei Water Town;
.Relax with door-to-door round-trip transportation.
Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
.Hotel pick-up and drop-off;
.Offering simple breakfast;
.English-speaking tour guide;
.Half-hour of free time;
.No pre-arranged shopping stops;
.Air-conditioned tour coach.
.Fee of the cable car (There are no slideway);
.Lunch at your own expense;
.Boating on the lake;
.Tips for the tour guide and driver;
You will be pick up by your tour guide in the early morning (between 7:00am to 7:30am), and hop-on coach bus for this fun day trip. About 10:00am, you will arrival beautiful Gubei Water Town, and your tour guide will assist you to purchase entrance ticket. This is a self-guide tour, and you can spend enough time in the Water Town on Simatai Great Wall. 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.
This tour will take you not only to Simatai Great Wall but also to Gubei Water Town where surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against the Simatai Great Wall. Both attractions are situated in Gubei Town of Miyun District in Beijing (120 km north of Beijing).
Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall Walking Tour (no shopping)
Simatai Great Wall is 5.4 km long with 35 beacon towers. This section of the Great Wall incorporated the different characteristics of each section of the Great Wall. A specialist on the Great Wall, Professor Luo Zhewen, has said that "The Great Wall is the best of the Chinese buildings, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall." UNESCO has designated Simatai Great Wall as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites as part of the Great Wall World Heritage Site. Simatai Great Wall is separated by a valley into eastern and western parts. The western part is gently sloped with 20 well-preserved watchtowers dotting along the wall. The eastern part is much steeper, following more rugged terrain that includes cliff edges and kilometre-high peaks.
Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall Walking Tour (no shopping) Departure:Daily Duration: Approx 8 hours Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel between 7:00am - 7:30am Finishing point and time: Your Hotel around 6:00pm - 6:30pm Language: English Lunch: Without lunch Picking up area: within 2nd ring road, if it's over the limitation, please go to McDonalds restaurant nearby Exit A of Agricultural Exhibition Center Subway Station.
Important Info Pick-up travelers from hotel on departure time between 7:00am and 7:30am, We offer simple breakfast. Arrival at Gubei Water Town around 10:00am. First, Tourists free to browse in the water town of Gubei (around 2 hours). And then walk to Simatai Great Wall, take the cable car to the top of the Great Wall. Simatai Great Wall is located about 130 km from downtown Beijing. The Simatai Great Wall was first constructed built in the Ming Dynasty. The famous general, Xu Da, of the early Ming Dynasty supervised and directed the construction of the Great Wall. Later, Qi Jiguang led a number of defense works while guarding the north area in 1567. The trip hike is about 6.5km and takes about 3.5 hours. Each tower has its unique feature and look. There are relatively less crowded here at Simatai Great Wall it is a nice place to explore the Great Wall in Beijing. In the afternoon, transferred back to your downtown hotel in Beijing.
Travel Tips: Wear casually and pay attention to the climate in Beijing.
Special Features: Only english-speaking travelers in the coach; Well-trained english speaking tour guide; Keep proper quantity travelers in suitable type air-conditioned coach; No shopping stops.
Service Package Includes: Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Offering breakfast; Entrance tickets; English speaking tour guide; Air-conditioned tour coach.
Service Package Excludes: Fee of the cable car; Lunch at your own expense; Gratuities (optional); Transfer from/to airport or hotels in airport or remote area; Personal expenses.
Situated in Gubei Town of Miyun County in Beijing, Gubei Water Town surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against the Simatai Great Wall, the most dangerous and majestic section of the entire Great Wall. Regarded as 'Wuzhen in Beijing', Gubei Water Town boasts a combination of mountains, water and ancient villages.
The town is characterized by the northern architectural style, and the history and culture of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and the Republic of China (1912-1949) historic period. Most buildings are reconstructed in the traditional courtyard style. Based on five ancient villages and a water resource, this water town has developed into a large-scale sightseeing and holiday destination. Covering an area of 3.5 square miles (9 square kilometers), the holiday resort includes two scenic districts, the Gubei Water Town and the Simatai Great Wall.