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User Reviews (20 Reviews)
- Great Wall at SimataiMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAug 25, 2013
Probably the best (ie, least hokey and overrun with hawkers) section of the Great Wall near Beijing, Simatai maintains some of the authenticity that's been 'restored' out of sections like the most famous area at Badaling. The relatively short hike between Jinshanling and Simatai is lovely and can be pretty gnarly, sometimes requiring free hands in the ascent. The section at Simatai has apparently been closed since mid-2010, however, so check ahead before embarking.
- Great Wall at SimataiAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Apr 29, 2013
Not as overwhelmingly crowded with tourists as Badaling nor overly restored as Mutianyu, the stretch from Jinshanling to Simatai makes one epic hike on the Great Wall. The wall here is mostly unrestored, making the bricks here the original ones laid thousands of years ago. There are parts that are ruinous, but that makes the walk more intriguing. Wear proper shoes for hiking and be aware of certain steep ascents along the way. If you plan to hike from Jinshanling to Simatai, look for transportation that doesn't force you into a jewelry store or other tourist trap along the way. The cheapest one I found and used was through Beijing Downtown Backpackers for 280 RMB.
- Great Wall at SimataiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Nov 13, 2012
Been to the wall several times and in any season so far but Simatai beats all the great wall locations you can get to if you need to be back in the 'Jing within the same day. Now it's closed until Oct 2013 but you can reach it by walking 8 km on the wall from JinShanLing.
- Great Wall at SimataiJul 05, 2012
Best tour I have ever taken in my whole life. It is breath taking. You walk over 10 km on the great wall, feel the breeze over the mountains, the view is incredible and there is a zip line in the end where you can fly over a river. This tour alone makes a trip worth to China.
- Great Wall at SimataiJul 05, 2012
Simatai is the most interesting part of the Wall. It's a very long walk if you decide to walk it end to end. But the wall is the most authentic (less restoration work) and most scenic. The only negative is that it is far from Beijing. Be prepare to rent a car for the day and have a Chinese speaker coordinate with the driver on pick-up location.
- Great Wall at SimataiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jul 04, 2012
Sometimes referred to as the "wild wall" this is a less touristy party of the Great Wall. You can get there by public bus but much easier to hire a car. The wall hasn't been restored here so some parts are in poor condition. As much a hike as a wall walk.
Some of the locals work extra hard to get money from you here. Be aware that if you climb up a ladder to get to the top of one of the sections, there is a reasonable chance that someone will take the ladder away and then ask for money to give it back!
There is a great little restaurant right at the entrance near the damn. A complete "hole in the wall" but the food is quite good.
- Great Wall at SimataiMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Jul 04, 2012
If you're strapped for time, but can afford the lag of tourist traffic, go to Badaling. If you have half a day, have been missing your stairmaster, or would love to experience the Great Wall both unrestored and restored, hire a car for 600-800RMB and head to Simitai.
My preference is to leave Beijing's city limits at 6/7 a.m., grab a street snack, and start at Jinshanling (金山岭), the unrestored segment and hike 3-4 hours towards Simitai () where it ends restored. Some of the wall is quite steep and when you fear vertigo may get the best of you, look for a side path along the base of the wall as an alternative. There are plenty of villagers leaping about trying to sell you water, beer, photographic books. My favorite is their offer to carry your book if you buy it from them. The only thing I have ever bought, as you will find necessary, is water.
At the end of your hike, once in Simitai, you may opt to take the zip-line across the lake to the base where your driver awaits.
You may also take a bus to Jinshanling with The Beijing Backpackers hostel, located on Nanluoguxiang hutong.