This tour is a must for those who like off-the-beaten-track experiences. Be warned, you do need a certain level of fitness for this!
So glad we went to Simatai for our first Great Wall visit! We do not like crowds so this was perfect. A minivan picked us up and dropped us off to get onto a larger tour bus. First stop was the Gubei water town. A beautifully restored town on a river, in a lovely part of the country though the visit could have been longer.
Then on to the Great Wall. Our tour guides were good and made sure everyone was accounted for. The Great Wall is awe-inspiring. We caught the cable-car to the top so we could begin hiking along this part of the wall. We were climbing hand over foot in some of the more strenuous parts, it was the experience of a lifetime! Once we had all completed the climb we headed back to the bus for the next stop, an afternoon meal. 5 minutes away, the locally owned restaurant cooked a heap of food which we all really needed. Great food! Then they dropped us all off back in Beijing.
Wear your hiking shoes and bring water. This is not for the faint of heart, if your confident you can handle it, this tour is a must!
Safe transportation to and back from Gubei water town in a very comfortable vehicle. The driver was extremely punctual for every pickup, and guide Nancy was very helpful and informative. Simatai section of the Great Wall offer stunning view with an easy option of cable cars facility. Reliable, good value of money and strongly recommended.
I was pleasantly surprised by this tour. Chan, our dear guide was a total pleasure. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the Great Wall and at times, very funny. However, my Simatai tour was changed to the Jinshanling Great Wall instead, since that side was closed off. But I can't complain. Upon arrival, you have an have an option to either take the cable car or do the 2 1/2 hours climb to the wall, plus an hour descent back to the bus. I opted for the hike. This part of the wall was amazing there were only a handful of us on and no crowd at all. it was very intense and rigorous, but a great workout and a lot of amazing photo ops. After the hike, we went to the water town. it was very quaint and quiet, but beautiful surroundings. We were also treated to a nice lunch at a local spot near the wall. All in all, it was a fantastic tour and Chan is highly recommended.
Unbelievable. I did this by myself - in the middle of winter.
If you are after a safe way to do a self guided trip this is the one for you. Picked up from the hotel, dropped at the wall and left to your devices all day - before meeting at the pre-arranged meeting place. Safe bus, Safe guide. Would recommend to everyone.
We chose this tour because it was self guided once we reached our destination. Most of the people on our bus were on a guided tour so we had the benefit of some information about the Great Wall while driving out to the site. We were able to spend as much time as we wanted walking the wall before taking the cable car back into town. The guide gave us excellent information when he suggested walking up and then taking the cable car down as it is very steep and a bit dangerous to walk down. We really enjoyed our time in Gubei Water Town even though it is mostly build new for tourists. We took some really beautiful pictures.