Gubei Water Town

Gubei Water Town
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Situated in Gubeikou 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.

What to See

This town possesses an old-fashioned simplicity and elegance. Row upon row of houses, old quartzite streets and long Hutongs show the style and features of the old town. River channels are scattered between streets; houses near the river are bathed in sunlight. When night falls, Gubei Water Town presents a tranquil and cozy atmosphere. Some spots of the attraction are open to the public, such as the Blocks of the Republic of China, the Old Camp Site, the Water Streets Region, the Wolongbao Folk Culture Region, the Old Village at Tang River Region, and the Local Accommodation Region.

Things to Do

Besides sightseeing, visitors can experience unique local customs and participate in native activities. If you like Chinese wine, the Sima Liquor Distillery may be a nice choice for a visit. You can smell the aroma of the wine from afar before you reach there. You can also witness the process of wine making and learn to cook dishes with vinasse (the residue that remains in the still after distillation). In the Yongshun Dye House, red, green, yellow and blue cloths hang flapping in the breeze. Some old-style looms and spinning machines are on display. You can learn about ecological cloth printing and dyeing, and even create your own DIY work with the help of craftsmen. In addition, you can spend your leisure time in the Yinghua Academy, where many Confucian classics, historical records, philosophical writings and miscellaneous works have been collected. You can read and enjoy some afternoon tea to relax and refresh yourself. There is also a Yang Wudi Temple built to commemorate the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in various wars. Generations of the Yang family devoted themselves to defending their country. Zhenyuan Safeguard Agency will demonstrate to you the real life of the ancient armed safeguards.
Hutongs in Gubei Town
Hutongs in Water Town
Visitors can see the Plum Stakes, the Carts, and watch a martial arts performance. The Eight Banners Guild Hall, situated at the fortress of the capital, enable you to learn the traditions and the customs of Gubei Pass.

During the Chinese New Year, visitors can enjoy ice sculpture finished by professional teachers from Harbin. The temple fair has a Sugar Figure Maker, a Stilt Walker, Yangko Dance, a Dragon and Lion Dance and other acrobatic shows. You also can listen to the gereral chatter and enjoy traditional Peking Opera. In addition, the Simatai Great Wall is right next to this water town, so you can climb the Great Wall to have a bird's-eye view of the whole town. You will be amazed at the splendid scene from such a high vantage point.

Where to Stay and What to Eat

Two five-star hotels, six small boutique hotels and 400 local inns with different themes in Gubei Water Town can fulfill any visitor’s tastes. The Water Town Hotel is the largest, modeled in the style of a European castle with 409 rooms. Some other hotels also could be ideal places, such as the Wuzhen Boutique Hotel, the Great Wall Academy Hotel, the Eight Banners Inn, Yanmen Inn, the Opera Inn, the Escort Inn and the Wolongbao Inn. Some visitors prefer to stay at the homes of local people for they are much cheaper than hotels. Besides, there are many restaurants, stores and over ten related service facilities are also available. Travelers can find Halal Restaurant, Italian Café and Great Wall Bar for food and drink. Some local snacks, such as spiced corned eggs, pancakes, porridge, dumplings and barbecued pork, are worth a try.

How to Get to Gubei Water Town

1. Take the tourist bus bound for Gubei Water Town from Dongzhimen Outside at 9:00, 12:00, or 15:30. On Saturday and Sunday, there is an extra bus departing at 14:00. It takes about two hours and the ticket price is CNY 48 per person.
2. Take Subway Line 2 or Line 13 to Dongzhimen Station. Then take bus 980 or 980 Express from Dongzhimen Transit Hub to Miyun Bus Station and then transfer to bus Mi 37, Mi 50, or Mi 51 to Simatai Village. Then walk for about ten minutes to the entrance.
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Admission Fee Water Town: CNY 140
Simatai Great Wall: CNY 40
Combo Ticket: CNY 170
Electric Car Fare CNY 10 (single trip)
Children below 4.9 feet (1.5m) enjoy half price.
Sightseeing Boat Single Trip Fare

Route A (available from May to October): Yangui Wharf to Yuanyang Lake Wharf: CNY 120
Route B: Yangui Wharf to Riyue Island Wharf: CNY 80
Route C: Yuanyang Lake Wharf to Riyue Island Wharf: CNY 80
Children below 4.9 feet (1.5m) enjoy half price.

Tourists can charter a boat. Each can accommodate six passengers, including infants. The cost is:
Route A: CNY 600
Route B / C: CNY 400

Tour Guide Service CNY 200 per person
Opening Hours 09:00 to 21:00 (Visitors lodging in the town can enter can exit at any time of a day)

Night Tour to Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall

Visitors can have a night trip in the Gubei Watertown and take the cable car to visit a certain section of Simatai Great Wall between No. 5 Tower and No. 6 Tower. In this way, they do not need to book the ticket for Simatai Great Wall one day in advance.

Round-trip cable car: CNY 160 for adults, CNY 80 for children under 4.9 feet

Simatai opening hours at night
April to October November to March
Mon. - Fri. Sat. & Sun.
18:00 -22:00 17:30 - 21:00 17:00 - 21:30

- Last modified on Nov. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Gubei Water Town
Asked by cnaan from ISRAEL | Oct. 30, 2019 01:03Reply
Hello, do you know if the dongzhimen Tourist express bus will be active in December?
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Answered by Carl from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 31, 2019 18:39

Do you refer to tourist bus line 980? It runs all year round.
Answered by cnaan from ISRAEL | Oct. 31, 2019 20:05

I meant the the bus outside Dongzhimen station, the one that is direct and cost 48yuan
is it also year long? do you know if it will it be active in December?
Answered by Carl from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 03, 2019 19:40

So where do you want to go and what is the destination of this bus? Generally speaking, the bus in China will run all year round.
Answered by Cnaan from ISRAEL | Nov. 04, 2019 07:29

I'm asking about the bus that is written on this page; a direct express bus, 48 rmb to gubei water town, from dongzhimen

I want to know if its activity in December
Answered by Carl from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 04, 2019 18:00

Yes, why not.
Asked by SHHH | Oct. 13, 2019 02:07Reply
is the dongzhimen the only bus service to gubei?
what happens if the bus is full for the particular time slot? does it mean i have to wait for the other timing to board the bus?

Are there any alternative?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jack from USA | Oct. 14, 2019 20:58

Don't need to worry about there is no bus you can take at all. You can also take bus S501/S503 from Huangtudian station to Gubei.
Asked by Greg from CANADA | Sep. 12, 2019 03:21Reply
Mid Autumn Festival bus
Is the tourist bus bound for Gubei Water Town from Dongzhimen Outside at 9:00, 12:00, or 15:30.
Still running this weekend?
Or is it closed with the festivities on?
Answers (1)
Answered by Carter from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 15, 2019 23:10

Yes, it is. And various festivities in China belong to tourist peak season, so the bus line will keep on running.
Asked by Mark Lim from MALAYSIA | Aug. 14, 2019 01:42Reply
How do i get to gubei water town from chengde?
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Answered by Sarah from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 15, 2019 19:20

I haven't found the public transportation. Maybe you can book a group tour or hire a car.
Answered by Mark from MALAYSIA | Aug. 16, 2019 02:37

Any idea how can i hired a car
Asked by Anne from SINGAPORE | Aug. 06, 2019 23:54Reply
Is ticket to water town and Great Wall valid for 2 days of hotel stay?
Hello. I want to stay for 2 days-1 night at one of the hotels in Gubei Water Town. How much do we have to pay for a combo ticket to the Water Town and Simatai Great Wall? Also, is this ticket valid for both days of our stay, or do we have to pay again for the second day?
Answers (1)
Answered by Stein from USA | Aug. 11, 2019 19:02

The combo ticket price is CNY170. If you stay the night in Gubei, then you don't need to pay again.
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