May.2nd-3rd Gubei Water Town | Luxury Tour Plus Simatai Wall
Gubei Water Town surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and leans against Simatai Great Wall, the most dangerous and majestic section of the entire Great Wall. It is not a historical water town, it is a replica of Wuzhen Water Town in the Southern China. Regarded as 'Wuzhen in Beijing', Gubei Water Town boasts a combination of mountains, water and ancient villages.
The town is characterized by the northern architectural style, and the history and culture of the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China historic period. Most buildings are reconstructed in the traditional courtyard style. It possesses an old-fashioned simplicity and elegance. Row upon row of houses, old quartzite streets and long Hutongs show the style and features of the old town.
Backed by the most beautiful and adventurous Simatai Great Wall, Gubei Water Town is a rarely–seen tourist resort that holds the landscape of water and mountain together in suburb Beijing area. The night scene of this place is amazingly eye-catching. Simatai Great Wall is the only section of Great Wall that retains the original appearance from Ming dynasty, which is called“primitive Great Wall”by UNESCO.
River channels are scattered between streets; houses near the river are bathed in sunlight. Based on five ancient villages and a water resource, this water town has developed into a large-scale sightseeing and holiday destination.
Highlights of this Tour
You'll be visiting two famous locations for cultural experiences around Beijing: Simatai Great Wall and Gubei Water Town, exploring their landscapes, and learning about their past and significance to Chinese culture.
Marvel at the charming northern architecture of the carefully preserved buildings and watch street shows
Enjoy a visit to one of the most scenic sections of the Great Wall at Simatai, located about 120km north of Beijing
Composed of picturesque canals, bridges, courtyard houses, shops, and hotels, set mountains and the Simatai section of China's Great Wall, it is the ideal resort spotlight for families or couples who wish to enjoy a weekend getaway.
When night falls, the entire town lights up, Gubei Water Town presents a tranquil and cozy atmosphere and the view from above is absolutely breathtaking. You’ll feel as if you are in old China when you’re walking around the town at night. Old world charm meets modern here. You won’t be surprised to find out that a ton of adverts, shows, and movies have been filmed here.
Day1 13:00 Leave from Beijing to Gubei Water Town
Day1 15:40 Arrive Gubei Water Town
Day1 16:00 Hotel Check in inside of the Water Town
Day1 16:30 Free time to Visit Gubei Water Town and Have Your dinner
Day1 17:30 Start to Night View Simatai Great Wall by Cable Car
Day1 20:00 Enjoy the Great Wall Music Water Show
Day1 21:00 Enjoy the Hot Spring in the town and Good Sleep.
Day2 08:00 Wake up and Have Breakfast
Day2 08:30 Follow CET Guide to Visit the Whole Gubei Water Town
Day2 11:00 Have you lunch and Hotel Check Out
Day2 12:00 Back to Beijing
Day2 15:00 Arrive Beijing and Service ends
Please note: The itinerary above is subject to change based on weather and traffic conditions of the day. In such case, please follow the organizer's suggested tour program.
Kid Price: Children younger than 3 years old can free to join but need to be accompanied by an adult. Children are less than 1.2m and the kids doesnt need beds is 515RMB, pay 315RMB as the deposite fee.
There is a snack street near the center of the town where you can try some local delicacies, as well as a plaza that offers delicious street food and local foods such as wonton soup and lamb chuan'r. can also find Halal Restaurant, Italian Café and Great Wall Bar for food and drink. Some local snacks, such as spiced corned eggs, pancakes, porridge, dumplings and barbecued pork, are worth a try.
The town has a number of shops where you can do local folk activities. You can create your own lantern, kites, and sand bottles. Stop by Yongshun House to learn about the ecological cloth-dyeing process and see beautiful hanging drapes. There is a central plaza where you can a see an opera show and eat sugar candy, as well as visit a coffee shop and some of the restaurants.
Please be advised that there will be approximately 10-50 travelers per group
The above itinerary is for reference only, and is subject to change due to the weather conditions
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions and allergies if you booked our tour. Please remember to bring any medication that you need with you
Pregnant women, guests with heart attacks, high blood pressure, respiratory diseases, severe colds, and those who are not suitable for outdoor hiking are advised to carefully decide whether or not to travel according to their own conditions or doctor's advice
We will contact you between 8:00pm-10:00pm a day before you travel to reconfirm the pick up time and place. Please keep your contact lines or channels available. If you have not received any confirmation after 10:00pm, please contact customer service.
In case of severe inclement weather or other environmental problems beyond control that causes the tour to be unable to proceed, participants can opt for a reschedule.
The sightseeing and leisure travel area of Gubei Water Town basically consists of 6 areas including Old Barracks Area, Minguo Street Area (Republic of China Street ), Water Street Area, Wonglong Fort Folk Cultural Area, Tanghe Ancient Castle Area, Old Garrison Town Area.
1. Minguo Street Area (Republic of China Street )
When you cross the stone bridge spanning over the Tanghe River, you will come cross an east – west street known as Minguo Street ( literally meaning “Republic of China Street”) which is designed to duplicate a street in the time of Republic of China. It seems to me walking on the Minguo Street reminds me of Qianmen Street south of Tiananmen Square. Minguo Street is an open street free of charge outside the paid area. You will see banks, posts, markets, drug stores, clinics, book stores and more on the street.
2. Water Street Area
The Water Street Area is the highlight of Gubei Water Town. It brings vividly to life the water towns in Jiangnan ( the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River) represented by Wuzhen Water Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town and Tongli Water Town. It reproduces in the northern China winding rivers, the waterfront houses, arch stone bridges, cobblestone and stone slab paths, old buildings and folk life. On the Water Street Area, you will visit Simaxiaoshao Distillery and Yongshun Dyehouse and other attractions.
3. Wonglong Fort Folk Cultural Area
Along the Tanghe River after the Water Street Area is Wolong Fort Folk Cultural Area. This area is focused on the presentation and preservation of the Chinese folk culture, especially the folk culture in the northern China. In this area you will appreciate the Chinese traditional houses, Yangwudi Temple, the village theater stage, Yinghua Academy of Classical Learning and more.
4. Tanghe Ancient Castle Area
Built along the branch of Tanghe River the Tanghe Ancient Castle Area depicts the ancient fortress or castle life in Ming and Qing dynasties. In this area, you have the opportunity to experience the Eight Banner Guild and Zhenyuan Escort Agency.
5. Simatai Great Wall
The water town has a charming location with a massive backdrop of the world famous Simatai Great Wall. Simatai Great Wall is 5 km long with all together 28 watchtowers ( East 16 and West 12 ). Constructed by the Ming Dynasty general Qi Ji Guang, it is one of the few stretches of the Wall that still preserve the original look of that period. It not only features unique points from other Great Wall sections, but also shows some features found nowhere. To the west there 12 watchtowers snaking on the sloping hills. To the east there are 16 watchtowers atop peaks up to 1,000 meters high.
6. The Old Garrison Town
The Old Garrison Town Area is outside the Guebei Water Town proper. It mainly refers to the old fortress or castle area built during the reign of Emperor Wanli in Ming Dynasty.The Old Garrison Town ( or popularly known as Simatai Castle) was a small fortified city where the soldiers and their family members stationed and lived at the foot of Simatai Great Wall in Ming Dynasty. They were responsible for guiding Simatai Great Wall and watching the movements on the top.
Full Itinerary Day by Day
Get picked up at 1:00 pm by the guide and driver (Free hotel pickup service if you are more than 4 people and within 3rd Ring of Beijing ). After about 2.5 hours' drive (if no traffic jams), arrive at Gubei —one of China's most famous water towns.
Follow our guide to enter into Gubei Water Town and check in hotel, after a little bit rest, then it is your free time to walk around the quaint architecture, enjoy the sunset if weather permits. You can also try some local snacks there as dinner on your own.
Duly refreshed at about 5:30 pm, lets gather together to explore Simatai Great Wall: the only part of the UNESCO-listed structure that is open to visitors at night, and illuminated brightly from dusk onward. Firstly, we will take the shuttle bus from Gubei Water town to Simatai Great Wall and then ride the cable car up to the Great Wall.
Admire the lit-up ramparts tracing the steep spine of the mountains from your cable car, and then meander along the battlements. Finally, descend by cable car and take shuttle bus back to Gubei Water Town.
At 20:00, we will go to watch the Great Wall Music Fountain Show, it is located near the Great Wall entrance, will be a pleasant stop after your night tour on the Great Wall. It is the most famous show in the town, almost all of the tourists will go to experience it, so maybe it will be crowed, please be patient to wait in the line. It's available schedule: 19:40/20:15/20:50/21:25 (20 mins’ duration for one session). On Friday and Saturday, additional session 22:00-22:20 is available.
At 21:00 pm, our leader will guide us to the hot spring sopt and then relax! Go back to hotel to sleep at anytime you want.
08:00 Wake up and after breakfast, follow CET Guide to Visit the Whole Gubei Water Town
Besides sightseeing, visitors can experience unique local customs and participate in native activities. If you like Chinese spirits, the Sima Distillery may be a nice choice. You can smell the aroma of the spirits from afar before you reach there. You can also witness the process of spirits making.
In the Yongshun Dye House, red, green, yellow and blue cloths hang flapping in the breeze. Some old-style looms and spinning machines are on display. You can learn about ecological cloth printing and dyeing, and even create your own DIY work with the help of craftsmen.
In addition, you can spend your leisure time in the Yinghua Academy, where many Confucian classics, historical records, philosophical writings and miscellaneous works have been collected. You can read and enjoy some afternoon tea to relax and refresh yourself.
There is also a Yang Wudi Temple built to commemorate the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in various wars. Generations of the Yang family devoted themselves to defending their country.
Zhenyuan Safeguard Agency will demonstrate to you the real life of the ancient armed safeguards.
The Eight Banners House enables you to learn the traditions and the customs of Gubei Pass.
Around 11:00 if you dont want to have lunch by yourself, our guide can arrange tourist meals for us (50RMB/person) in town, much cheaper than your own, 10 ppl share one table. After lunch then hotel check out and back to Beijing. We are supposed to arrive at Beijing around 15:00 if no traffic jams, and service over.
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