Great Wall Simatai

Great Wall Simatai, Beijing: Address, Great Wall Simatai Reviews: 4.5/5

Great Wall Simatai
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trgoben1
Greenville, SC373 contributions
Short but nice walk on the wall.
May 2019 • Couples
This section of the wall is rather short but popular especially at night because it is lit up and accessible. The entry can be walk up or cable car at the base of Gubei Water Town which is a very nice new development with great hotels, restaurants and shops. If you go early in the morning you will probably have the Wall by yourself which is pretty cool.
Written 28 May 2019
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SueJim126
Sheffield, UK502 contributions
The Great Wall at Simatai less crowded more authentic
Oct 2018 • Family
We choose to go to the Great Wall at Simatai, because it is a little off the beaten track and therefore does not get anywhere near as crowded as some of the more popular sections. You have to book tickets in advance so again this keeps numbers down.

We chose to walk from Tower two to Tower 6, we had planned to walk up to Tower 8 but Towers 7 and 8 were closed. You start at the entrance and then have a 30 minute up hill climb to reach Tower 2.

Its a steep up hill climb to walk to Tower 6, often up narrow uneven steps. But well woirth the effort. We then caught the cable car back to the bottom.

You can go the other way. So you catch the cable car up to just below Tower 6 and walk down to Tower 2. But we felt walking down steep narrow steps would be more dangerous than walking up them.

The wall at Simatai is in relatively good condition so you get a very good feel for what it originally looked like. As you walk up higher on the wall the views are absolutely magical.

Hard work, but worth all the effort and sore legs next day.
Written 2 November 2018
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Flavio P
London, UK108 contributions
Worth the extra miles
Oct 2018 • Friends
We booked a driver to reach the simatai section of the great wall, unfortunately was during the golden week sonwe decided to leave around 6.30am to have an head start. When we arrived was already busy but in a acceptable way. We took the tickets for the water town and the wall, i must say that the town itself is lovely and i would have loved to stay there for the night. But i found it out only too late. After the town the cable car bring you up where you can just enjoy the great wall.
Written 7 October 2018
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Jessie B
London, UK28 contributions
Recommend!
Jun 2018 • Friends
Worth the extra travel time from Beijing!

I think it goes without saying that you shouldn’t visit China without visiting the Great Wall. But after seeing how busy some of the most touristy areas of the wall can be, my friends and I decided to find a quieter part to visit.

This area of the wall isn’t fantastically maintained, but it’s peaceful and breathtaking (both literally and metaphorically). Even if you take the bus (which must be prebooked) and cable car to the top, the wall itself is very steep so requires a decent level of fitness to climb up and down. The views are so worth the walk though! For miles all you can see is the Great Wall sneaking along the green hillside.

It took us around 5 hours and very few yuan to reach Simatai going via various metros and local buses. HOWEVER, on the way back we realised that for around 40-50yuan (I’ve forgotten the exact price), there was a tourist coach which took us 2 hours and took you straight to the centre of Beijing, saving us a lot of time for not much money, so I’d recommend that unless you’re on a really tight budget.

Bring plenty of water and food as there isn’t anywhere to buy anything on the wall, and don’t forget your camera!
Written 20 August 2018
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Doug P
West Chester, PA28 contributions
A great city attraction that "Does the wall up right"
Mar 2018 • Business
Ok, So when I think about traveling to China to see some of the incredible things I've heard about, the Great wall is definitely one of them. But I also want to make sure my family has other things to do when they visit. Simatai is a modern city, with all the western conveniences, but preserves the best part of the Walls Greatness and impression.
Your start out walking through a modernish city with an eye toward immersion in the local customs. Then there is the cable car to the wall. Very scenic!!
Then you hit the wall, and the combination of the exercise of the climb, with the gravitas of the experience, and the incredible sights is overwhelming. I have seen the wall, and crowds, in Bodaling, but honestly, Simatai does it right.
Written 13 April 2018
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Max P
1,119 contributions
Excellant section of the Great Wall of China
Mar 2017 • Couples
There are 10 Tower sections from the river to near the top of the hill/mountain that can be walked here. The wall has been preserved up to a point to prevent further damage by the elements and time. 10 sections doesn't sound a lot at some times its a 30 degree + constant incline from 322m up to 663m and took about 2 hrs up with a lot of photo taking and 1 hour back down. There is a cable car that can take less energetic Simatai village resort tourists direct to Tower 8 but you would miss about 80% of it
Written 27 December 2017
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Crystle2015
Brisbane, Australia54 contributions
Watertown/ Simatai
Aug 2017 • Friends
Left our hotel at 1pm to see water town and sunset at simtai Wall - great day took 1 hour 40 mins to get there from Wangfujing(Novotel)

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- We were two of five westerners we saw all day and buying tickets was quite hard. Took multiple times and about 5 people to book the night tour/water town entry fee. They were awesome and eventually got out their iPhone to use translator so I would recommend having a screenshot of what you want already translated on your phone
- 280 rmb for entry to Watertown, double way cable car and entry onto the wall.
- You can only buy your tickets for the night tour after 3pm not before and you can't get on the wall until 5:30pm. After 5:30pm you have to get the cable car both ways (can't walk back down ) so keep that in mind when budgeting
- We got the cable car at 5:30pm and got a seat on the wall but had to wait until 7:40pm for the sunset. If I did it again I would enjoy the shows and fun at Watertown longer and not get the cable car up until 6:30ish - still seating room on the wall with good view at that time
- The signage is awesome the whole way through Watertown but I would allow 60 mins for a reasonable paced walker to get from entry to the cable car. We were a little confused when we reached the point you get your tickets checked for cable car as signs said entry only up until 5pm. Don't worry this the right spot you get ticket checked and walk 50m to get the car
- If it's a cloudy day (like ours) you cannot see the sunset at all but the led lights that light up the mountain/wall look amazing so you can just get an awesome view from the bottom if you worried about spending the money but even with just glimpses of the sun it's a pretty cool experience
- Watertown isn't much during the day but awesome at night time, very lively lots of restaurants and cute shops. It is very busy we power walked (very fast) from the top of the wall, took cable car and walked to the exit in 50 mins so bear that in mind if you have a guide waiting or bus to catch. Crowds can slow you down if you are in a rush.
- Saw some reviews that you need coupons to purchase food & drink however not my experience we paid cash. Despite being tourist haven prices reasonable ie 6 yuan for two bottles of water

Unlike some of the reviews I would stay at Watertown especially if you're a couple, wouldn't stay more than the night.
Written 1 August 2017
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Gammaman1
Richmond, VA17 contributions
Great Wall at Simitai
Jan 2014 • Family
China is recreating a mountain Village at the Simitai location of the Great Wall, something similar to, but on a larger scale, than that created at the Terra Cotta Warrior Museum. This is not completed, but open. The entrance fee to the wall and village is currently 120 RMB (about $20 US), and will rise to 150 RMB when completed. When finished this village will be filled with displays, restaurants, shows and gift shops. My guess is mostly gift shops. The walk from the entrance to the path leading to the Great Wall is quite long, perhaps a half mile or more. Unfortunately, you must walk through the village to get to the wall. The wall itself is quite spectacular, but actually Jinshanling is even better. Saw that area three years ago, but cannot comment on it's current condition. Maybe construction is occurring there also. A visit to the Great Wall is a must while in China, but is being over commercialized.
Written 7 January 2014
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