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Simatai Great Wall, Beijing

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See a section of China's most famous structure at Simatai Great Wall. Originally constructed in the 6th century, this section of the World Heritage-listed wall underwent reconstruction during the 14th century; today, it measures 5.4 km (3.3 mi) long, separated into eastern and western sections by a lake and water town. Climb the many beacon towers for extensive views of the vast landscape on either side of the wall. Designed to keep invaders out, this section is much more accessible these days, with a cable car making exploration of the wall particularly easy. Before you head to Beijing, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Beijing trip builder tool, to make sure you see all that Beijing has to offer, including Simatai Great Wall.
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  • Highly recommended to stay in the town (GuBei) for at least one night. You can hike the great wall during the day and then tour the rebuilt town at night. The great wall section is lit at night. 
    Highly recommended to stay in the town (GuBei) for at least one night. You can hike the great wall during the day and then tour the rebuilt town at night. The great wall section is lit at night.  more »
  • One of the best place to visit, not an normal greatwall as locates in badaling, its special worth to visit , its a only place have.cable car for night view, well preserved. Nigth view something... 
    One of the best place to visit, not an normal greatwall as locates in badaling, its special worth to visit , its a only place have.cable car for night view, well preserved. Nigth view something...  more »
  • A super hiking experience on remnants of the Great Wall of China. This is one of the greatest wonders of the world. Truly an awesome experience. 
    A super hiking experience on remnants of the Great Wall of China. This is one of the greatest wonders of the world. Truly an awesome experience.  more »
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  • Was there mid of December, it was cold. In my opinion it was a great time to go. There was hardly anyone there and we had the place to ourselves. Some mistakes I see people do is wear sports shoes. Don't do this, you will suffer. Wear leather hiking shoes/ boots. If it's waterproof it's good because of water cannot get thru, cold wind won't. Sport shoes are breathable, if air can escape, cold air can go into too. I saw many putting heat packs into their shoes. Some ladies were stuck at the foot of the wall not being able to climb it co's they were in heels. Think hiking when going here, on the other hand don't over insulate .. the wall is steep and it will take effort to climb. Your body will heat up as you 'exercise'.
  • According to tourism info, this is one of the great wall with very minimal restoration/renovation that open to public. Which mean you get the see the very original view of the great wall. There is different ticket for the night entry, and there is cable car which bring you up close to the tower 8. But we were told the best is hiking up, then only going down with the cable car. So we hiked up and the view is magnificent. PS, Dec 2019, less crowded compared with other season.
  • Afternoon time around 4 pm is the best for visiting this great wall. You may take a bit climb up. There is a beautiful scenic spot. You will witness beauty of town and lake as well. You may stay there until the sunset and then return back. After the sunset, town lighting will give you another unforgettable look. I have few representative pictures which I am sharing with you here.
  • Enjoyed our visit to Gubei Water Town, traditional buildings along with river looked magnificent and had fun strolling around, though man-made, it was still great. It tooks us 5min to get to Simatai Great Wall through cable car. It was hard to walking with pushchair. It was really windy and cold on the top. It was magnificent and to be able to stand there and experience what it was like being on a centuries-old structure was just amazing! Night view is really beautiful.
  • Been to the Great Wall several times in different locations, this is definitely my favorite. Not busy at all and has a mix of original wall and restored parts. Great views of the mountain rangers on this hike.

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