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Coach Tour: Simatai Great Wall And Gubei Water Town

Beijing, China

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icon1 day  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Combine the benefits of independent exploration with the ease of a classic coach tour on this unconventional Great Wall trip. Besides the unspoiled Simatai Great Wall, set atop a rugged ridge, discover Gubei Water Town, a newly created tourist destination with bags of photogenic charm. Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Beijing hotel.
  • 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
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Cable Car Fee at Great Wall

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Your centrally located hotel in Beijing 3 ring road
Address: Your local tour operator will contact you a night before the tour to confirm the hotel pick up time.
Dates: every day has tour for week

Departure Time

6:00 AM
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Beijing easy holiday international travel service

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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18 Reviews
2 stars

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Gubei and Simatai
Gusella A
, May 2019
Real wall and real China... a must see! Easy, no weelchair accessible (only the wall). Alberto Gusella
This tour is a must for those who...
Emma M
, May 2018
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...
Foong Kiew N
, Mar 2018
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...
, Mar 2018
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...
Genya M
, Feb 2018
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.
This was a great tour. I would...
Diana N
, Jan 2018
This was a great tour. I would recommend taking the gondola up and walking down. This tour requires you to be fit to handle the long walk. Lunch was great and guide did a good job explaining the history.
We chose this tour because it was...
Cyril S
, Oct 2017
We chose this tour because it was self guided once we reached our destination. Most of the people on our bus were on a guided tour so we had the benefit of some information about the Great Wall while driving out to the site. We were able to spend as much time as we wanted walking the wall before taking the cable car back into town. The guide gave us excellent information when he suggested walking up and then taking the cable car down as it is very steep and a bit dangerous to walk down. We really enjoyed our time in Gubei Water Town even though it is mostly build new for tourists. We took some really beautiful pictures.
The tour guide Chan was great and...
Mohammed S
, Oct 2017
The tour guide Chan was great and very listen to Chan :- and the restaurant after the walk - awesome !
Great day out of the city which we...
Daniel W
, Aug 2017
Great day out of the city which we would definitely recommend. Small group and English speaking guide. The area on the Great Wall we were taken to was quite and didn't have many other tourists which was great, however it is a really steep climb so just be aware before you go.
This was a convenient option to hiring...
Tyler O
, Jul 2017
This was a convenient option to hiring a private drive. A great 1 day trip from Beijing.

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