Gubei Water Town

The Great Wall

Cashing in on the magnificent Simatai Great Wall that overlooks it, this faux-historic village of waterways and old courtyards is a commercial venture built in 2014. There's not much to do here beyond wandering about, shopping and admiring the light show after dark.

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Nearby The Great Wall attractions

1. Simatai

0.75 MILES

Simatai, built during the reign of Ming dynasty emperor Hongwu, is famed for the precarious steepness of its battlements as they soar up the 'heavenly…

2. Jinshanling


Jinshanling Great Wall, near the town of Gubeikou, has been thoroughly restored, but it's distant enough from Beijing that it sees far fewer tourists than…