GW18: 2-Day Simatai Great Wall Tour with Gubei Water Town from Beijing
→ Take the tourist bus from Dongzhimen Outer bus stop at the junction of Xiejie Street and South Xiangheyuan Street to Gubei Water Town directly. The bus departs at 09:00 in the morning and it takes about 2 hours on the way.
Note: The tourist bus may be unavailable in low travel seasons. In that case, the guide will lead you there by city bus, which needs a transfer and longer travel time.
Other Travel Option to Gubei Water Town: City Bus 980 Express→ On arrival at Dongzhimen from your hotel, take bus no.980 Express from Dongzhimen Transit Hub to Miyun Coach Station. Duration is about 2 hours. The bus departs about every 10 minutes from 08:00 to 20:00.
→ Change to bus no. Mi51 to Gubei Water Town. The bus departs at an interval of about 20-40 minutes. This ride needs about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Surrounding the water town, there are also some farmyards providing accommodation service. They are cheaper, but the facilities are not very good and it is not very convenient to visit the water town if living there.
The guide will lead you to climb up and down by cable car, which is included in our price. There are electrical cars from Gubei Water Town to the cable car lower station, departing based on passenger flow. If it does not depart on time, the guide could also lead you there by foot and then ascend the Great Wall by cable car. After the tour, get down also by cable car and the guide will send you back to your hotel for a good rest.
From the mountain foot, there is a gentle walking trail leading you all the way to No.2 watchtower. The following route from No.2 to No.10 watchtower goes up and down along the mountain ridges. Some parts are very steep and you may need to use both the hands and feet; some are flat but with only ramparts on one side. So always be careful. It takes about 2-2.5 hours to trek from the mountain foot to No.10 watchtower. It is not allowed to go further as the wild section is not safe.
If the tourist bus is out of service, the guide will lead you to take bus no.Mi51 from the water town to Miyun Coach Station; then change to bus no. 980 Express back to Beijing.
- Private English-speaking guide
- Public transport
- Entrance fee to tourist sites
- One round-trip cable car ride at Simatai
- Accommodation & meals
- Optional programs in Gubei Water Town
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for guide
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Jinshanling Hiking: Hike on the less touristy section
Simatai Exploration: One day hike tour to Simatai and Gubei Water Town
Jiankou Hiking: Expedition route to wild Jiankou section
Hiking to Huangyaguan: one day suggestion route