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4 Days Beijing Essence Tour with Simatai Great Wall Night Sightseeing

Unique Way to Appreciate the Wild Sections of Great Wall


This tour will not only offer you a taste of traditional Chinese culture, but also escape the crowds to hike the less touristy Jinshanling and Simatai sections of Great Wall in a moderate pace with your expertise English speaking hiking guide. You will stay a night out of the town, perfectly at the foot of the Great Wall. A leisure night walking on the Great Wall is the best highlight. This tour can also be tailor-made to meet your fitness condition, themes of interests as well as budgets of time and money.

Highlights of this tour

  • Private worry-free Beijing tour package including most of the essential travel services – airport and hotel pick up and drop off, professional guide, comfortable private transfer, well-selected hotels…
  • Soak deep into China’s intriguing culture and history while visiting the landmark sites of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Hutong…
  • Enjoy a half-day memorable hike on Jinshanling Great Wall which is believed as the most beautiful section of Great Wall;
  • Take in the peaceful and beautiful night view of Simatai Great Wall with round-trip cable cars included;
  • Spend some leisure time in Gubei Water Town, the “Wuzhen Water Town” at the foot of the wild Great Wall.

Basic Trip Information

  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Beijing / Jinshanling / Simatai / Gubeikou Water Town / Beijing
Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well as the capital of China!

You will be met by your local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Capital Airport, or railway station, then be escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Arrival Ideas: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.

Modern Face of Beijing
Day 2 Beijing City Tour ( B, L )

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Squarenow the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

After lunch, you will go to visit the imperial site – Temple of Heaven. It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest, now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc. After the Temple of Heaven visit, your tour guide will take you to hop on a rickshaw to experience the Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made by neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to get a feel of the old Beijing life style, visit various antique shops and small boutiques, and truly feel the historical changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family's home in the traditional Hutongs.

Optional night activities1) You can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00.

Temple of Heaven Shot by Our Customer Taylor Beijing Hutong Rickshaw
Day 3 Beijing - Jinshanling Great Wall - Simatai Great Wall ( B, L )

After breakfast, it's free for you to have fun until your tour guide and driver pick up you at your hotel at around 10:30am. It's not necessary to depart very early because you will visit Simatai Great Wall at around 7pm in the evening, then stay a night at the foot of the Great Wall instead of returning back to the city.

After about 130km's (2h and 15 mins) driving, you will arrive at the foot of Jinshanling Great Wall. This section of Great Wall is believed as the best essence of all sections of Great Wall, also the paradise for great wall hiking lovers. It is one of the best preserved sections of Great Wall which is featured in steep mountains, ornate and dense towers. After entering the check-in office, you will walk about 20 minutes to the western section of Jinshanling Great Wall, near to Gubeikou Great Wall. Your hiking starts at Zhuanduo Tower, walk eastward with the up walls snaking on the hills to the eastern edge. On route, you have chance to see some featured towers, such as General Tower, Large Jinshan Tower, Flower Tower, Corner Tower, etc. You’re hiking takes about 4~5 hours, and stops at East Tower with Five Holes where you will get off the wall. 

After dinner around 7pm when the Simatai Great Wall is lit up all along the ridge of the mountain, your guide will accompany you to take the cable car up to the wall to enjoy the magnificent night views. Currently only the section between towers No.5 and No.6 is open to tourists for the night tour. You will stay around 1 hour on the wall, then take cable car down the wall and go to check in your hotel at Gubei Water Town. The evening time is free for you to wonder leisurely in the town.

Enjoy a leisure evening hike on the Simatai Great WallMagnificent Jinshanling Great Wall landscape in the morning
Day 4 Gubei Watertown & Beijing Departure ( B, L )

This morning is free for you to explore more areas in the Gubei Watertown until your tour guide and driver take you to catch your flight/train to next destination. It takes about 2 hours to get from the watertown to Beijing Capital International Airport, and 2.5 hours to get to Beijing West Train Station and Beijing South Train Station. Tour ends!

Beijing Extenstion Travel Ideas

Beijing is well connected with most of popular destinations in China by direct flights and high speed trains, including Xian, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Lhasa, Chengdu, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Pingyao, etc. Please contact us to tailor-make your idea China tour to make fully use of your stay in China.

Gubei Water Town in Summer bright days

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Our guests get viewed by the countless Terracotta Warriors
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