How to Get to Simatai Great Wall: By Tourist Bus and City Bus 2021
Located in the north of Simatai Village, Gubeikou Town, northern Miyun District, Beijing, Simatai Great Wall is adjacent to Gubei Water Town. It is built on the steep mountain and famous for its precipitous terrains. A famous architect, once commented that, "China's Great Wall is the world's most, but Simatai section of the Great Wall is reputed as the most of China's Great Wall."
Location: Simatai, Gubei Ancient Town, Miyun District, Beijing北京市密云区古北水镇司马台村
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Tourist Bus to Simatai from Beijing
Simatai Great Wall belongs to the Gubei Water Town Scenic Area. To get to Simatai, you need to buy tickets for Gubei Water Town first (CNY 140 per person) and pass through the water town to Simatai, and then purchase tickets to Simatai Great Wall (CNY 40 per person). Namely, tourists can choose to visit Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall (Combo Ticket: CNY 170), or purchase Simatai Great Wall Ticket only, but if they want to visit only the Great Wall, they need to book it online, one day in advance, due to the Great Wall protection regulation of Simatai section.
Because Simatai Great Wall is far away from Beijing downtown, if you leave from the city, you are recommended to take a tourist bus from Dongzhimen Wai Bus Station (东直门外汽车站 Pinyin: Dongzhimen Wai Qichezhan) to Gubei Ancient Town. There is no other direct way from Beijing to Simatai Great Wall. The frequency of the tourist bus changes in different season, and the interval ranges from half an hour to 2 hours.
● Schedules from Dongzhimen to Gubei Ancient Town: 8:00am to 15:30pm
● Schedules from Gubei Ancient Town to Dongzhimen: 11:00am to 21:00pm
● Duration: about 3 hours
● Frequency: 4 to 6 times a day
● How to get to Dongzhimen Wai Bus Station: Dongzhimen Wai stop is located to the Metro Line 2 Dongzhimen Stop, Exit B and you need walk around 5 to 10 mins to get to the corner of Xiang He Yuan S Street (香河园南街) and Dongzhimen Wai Xie Jie (东直门外斜街), and Bus stop is outdoor there.
Bus to Simatai from Beijing
Besides the direct tourist buses, you can also take the city bus 980 at Dongzhimen Wai Bus Station (东直门外汽车站 Pinyin: Dongzhimen Qichezhan), and transfer at Miyun Bus Station (密云汽车站 Pinyin: Miyun Qichezhan) by Bus 51 to Simatai Scenic Area. Since there will be over 60 stops on your way to Simatai and whole duration is over 4 hours, taking a public bus will be very tiring, and wastes a lot of your energy for the later hiking activities, it is a backup choice in case that you miss all the tourist bus.
Jinshanling to Simatai
Jinshangling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall are two connected sections, and they are located near to each other. It's illegal to hike along the path connecting them. Though some small agents will choose to arrange tourists to hike from Jinshanling Great Wall to Simatai, you are not recommended to do that since there is a section of wild great wall located in the border between Heibei Province and Beijing, which is far beyond the reach of the Great Wall staff. If any emergency happens, it's hard to send people to get you out, and the public transportation is still limited. Therefore, the only legal way to get to Simatai from Jinshanling is to take a private car when you finish Jinshanling section. The distance is about 16km and the whole duration by car will be around half an hour.
How to Plan a Great Wall Hiking Tour
Besides Simatai Great Wall, there are many other great walls offering you the same marvellous views, including Jinshanling Great Wall, Badaling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall. Exploring the neighboring Jingshanling Great Wall, trekking on steep mountain ridge of Jiankou Great and the near section of the better preserved Mutianyu Great Wall, admiring the famous and renovated Badaling Great Wall, you can encounter different sparking sides of each section and commemorate the man-made wonder of the ancient Chinese people. China Discovery offers you tailor-made tour service, and you can fully experience all the famous great walls in 2 days. If you have more time, it's also recommended to explore other attractions in Beijing, such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, and More!
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