Simatai Great Wall in Beijing
Simatai Great Wall is exquisite in its architecture details and is grand as a whole structure along the mountains. This wall is the only section that remains the original characters of Ming Dynasty.
Attraction Type: World Heritage Site, Nature Reserve
Open Hours: Peak season (April to October): 18:00–21:00 on; weekdays; 18:00–21:30 on weekends
Off-peak (November to March): 17:30–20:00 on; weekdays; 17:30–21:30 on weekends
Admission Fee: 40 RMB/person
Address in English: Gubei Water Town, Miyun County, Beijing
Address in Chinese: 北京市密云县古北口镇司马台村北
Where is Simatai Great Wall in Beijing
Simatai a section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Miyun County, 120 km northeast of Beijing. Located in Gubekou Town to the northeast of Miyun District of Beijing, adjacent to Gubei Water Town. It was the original creation of the famous General Qi Jiguang and was completed under the supervision of him.
Why is Simatai Great Wall So Special
This section of Great Wall is famous for its 5 features of “steepness, compactness, queerness, wonderfulne and comprehensiveness”. Simatai Great Wall is exquisite in its architecture details and is grand as a whole structure along the mountains. This wall is the only section that remains the original characters of Ming Dynasty. Simatai is famous for its extraordinary views and steep climbs, making it a great choice for the more adventurous.
How to Get There
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If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers sightseeing dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Simatai Great Wall with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.
From Beijing-Chengdu Expressway to Simatai Exit 2 kilometers, or from 101 National Highway to Tanghe Bridge (with the archway of Simatai Great Wall Scenic Area), turn right 8 kilometers.
You can take tourist buses from Beijing tourism distribution center to Simatai Great Wall. The tourist buses are only available from middle April to Oct. 26 during the high season. It will take three hour to get to Simatai.
Useful Travel Tips
The hotels at Simatai are the best among of the Great Wall’s sections. The Gubei Water Town resort at the foot of the Great Wall has several 5-star hotels, where you can enjoy a hot spring, massage, and a night swim after your evening stroll.
Simatai Great Wall has been partially restored and opened. The tourist area is limited to its east section, so the hiking from west Simatai to Jinshanling is not allowed.
Best Time to Visit
In April, May, and September, the warm weather is very comfortable for visitors. With lush plants covering the mountain, the winding wall looks like a dragon lying on a green sea. In October, red leaves cover the ridge, offering you another wonderful scene.