Gubei Water Town
|Quiet Gubei Water Town|
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.
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 Water Town|
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.
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 150 |
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
|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 Watertown and Simatai Great Wall
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|