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Private Evening Tour: Illuminated Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall

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US$ 150.00
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    What to Expect
    Depart your central Beijing hotel in the mid-afternoon with your guide, and travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to Gubei Water Town in Myun County, about 96 miles (155 kilometers) from the city.

    Arrive at Gubei—an architectural replica of Wuzhen in Zhejiang province, one of China’s most famous water towns.

    Composed of picturesque canals, bridges, courtyard houses, shops, and hotels, all backed by mountains and the Simatai section of China’s Great Wall, Gubei is a delight to explore.

    Enjoy a walking tour around the lanes, watching the boats ply the waterways and admiring the quaint architecture. Follow your guide around the highlights and as the sun sets, sit down to a delicious dinner at a charming restaurant.

    Duly refreshed, ride the cable car up to the Simatai Great Wall: the only part of the UNESCO-listed structure open to visitors at night, and beautifully illuminated from dusk onward. Admire the lit-up ramparts tracing the steep spine of the mountains from your cable car, and then walk along the battlements.

    First constructed during the Northern Qi dynasty (550–577) and rebuilt in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the Simatai stretch extends for 3.3 miles (5.4 kilometers) and is studded with 35 beacon towers.

    As you walk, note the architectural features of the ramparts—a microcosm of the building styles used across the entire wall—and absorb the spectacular views down over the lights of Gubei.

    Then, descend by cable car and either choose to take a golf cart, walk, or take a boat ride (own expense) back to the parking lot. Finally, travel back to Beijing where your trip ends with a drop-off at your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your hotel lobby
    Departure Time
    1:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transport by private, comfortable vehicle
    • Round-trip cable car
    • Professional guide
    • Quality dinner with Great Wall view
    • Bottled water
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entrance fees
    • Entry/Admission - Simatai Great Wall
    • Entry/Admission - Gubei Water Town
    • Gratuities (Optional)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A maximum of 9 people per booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    As we'd already done a day trip to the Badaling Section of the Great Wall during our first visit to China, we were intrigued by the thought of an unusual evening tour of the illuminated Gubei Water Town and the Simatai Great Wall, a tour which not many tour companies offered.
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    This is one of the more expensive tours on Trip Advisor for the Great Wall, but it is worth every single penny. The guides are very knowledgeable, the car is very comfortable, dinner is delicious, and the service is impeccable. We took the train from Shanghai to Beijing and
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    The "llluminated Gubei Water Town and Simitai Great Wall" was a novel way to experience the Wall and i would highly recommend it. Unfortunately, for inexplicable reasons, the night we visited we were severely restricted to walking a short section of the wall only. Despite this
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