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Simatai Great Wall Reopens and Reservation is required

Published: May. 09, 2014

After more than three years of renovation, Simatai Great Wall and the newly constructed Beijing Wtown (Gubei Water Town) underneath the wall have opened to visitors since January, 2014. Visitors who only go to the Simatai Great Wall should make a reservation on the official website of Beijing Wtown at least one day in advance.

Being regarded as the most beautiful and precipitous section, Simatai Great Wall attracts many hiking enthusiasts from all over the world. Since June, 2010, it was closed for renovation. After more than three years, it welcomes visitors along with a newly built Gubei Water Town, Beijing Wtown. Part of the road to the great wall is still not completed, and visitors have to walk through the town to reach the wall. In consideration of your safety, those who only go to the wall should make a reservation in advance and lead by staff to the foot of the wall.

The reservation can be made on the official website of the town, but only Chinese version is available currently. Visitors can reserve tickets to the wall 1 – 10 days in advance with their real name, Chinese ID or foreign passport number, and a Chinese mobile phone number. After you make the payment online successfully, you will receive a text message containing an e-ticket in the form of QR code. There will also be the validity of e-ticket in the text message. Visitors enter the attraction by showing the QR code ticket and take the free shuttle to the foot of the great Wall. Only two groups of visitors are allowed to enter the wall each day, at 10:00 and 14:00, respectively, so you should decide at what time you are going there when you make the online reservation. Visitors go to both the town and the great wall will not pass the construction site, so no reservation is required.

The entrance fee for the great wall is CNY 40 per person, and that for the town is CNY 80. The through ticket for both attractions is CNY 110 per person. Hereunder is more information about the tickets to the attractions:

Simatai Great Wall

CNY 40 (need to be reserved)

Tour guide for Simatai

CNY 100 per person

Great wall cable car (one way)

CNY 80 per person

Great wall cable car (round trip)

CNY 120 per person

Beijing Wtown

CNY 150 (promotional price: CNY 80 per person)

Tour guide for Beijing Wtown

CNY 200 per person

Battery car

CNY 10 per person

Sightseeing ship

CNY 100 per person

Beijing Wtown + Simatai Great Wall

CNY 110 per person

Beijing Wtown + Simatai Great Wall + cable car (one way)

CNY 170 per person

Beijing Wtown + Simatai Great Wall + cable car (round trip)

CNY 210 per person

Note: children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) are free to enter the great wall, and children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters (3.9 – 4.9 feet) enjoy a 50% discount. 

  • Questions & Answers on China Tourism News
    Asked by Fifi from SINGAPORE | Mar. 17, 2017 08:46Reply
    No reservation required if we want to go to both Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall?
    Answers (3)
    Answered by Victor from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 19, 2017 20:58

    No, if you visit both, the reservation is not required.
    Answered by Fifi from SINGAPORE | Mar. 19, 2017 21:06

    Is there a shuttle bus direct from Dongzhimen to Gubei Water Town? Thank you!
    Answered by Victor | Mar. 20, 2017 00:40

    You can take a bus to 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.
    Asked by Steve from HONG KONG | Jul. 13, 2016 10:26Reply
    reserving with a foreign phone number?
    Can I make a reservation with a foreign phone number by any chance?
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Tracy from CHINA | Jul. 13, 2016 21:40

    Hi Steve, I'm afraid you can't. After you make the reservation, you will receive a Verification code message on your phone, so that you can show it the the staff of the senic area. If you use a foreign number, I wonder whether you can receive this message.
    Asked by Mike from CHINA | Jul. 12, 2014 00:04Reply
    Website to purchase tickets
    Thanks for this great information on Simatai. I'd love to go there! However I'm having great difficulty finding the Gubei WTown website to make reservations. Any chance you can provide a link to that site?
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Judy | Jul. 12, 2014 21:03

    the website is wtown.com, but it only has Chinese version and you are required to provide a Chinese mobile phone number to receive the confirming message from the site.
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