Gubei Water Town Travel Guide

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Brief Introduction of the Gubei Water Town

The Gubei Water Town lies under the Simatai Great Wall. It is a replica of Wuzhen water town located in Southern China. Gubei water town is a a beautiful re-creation of the old style villages that are away from the hustle and bustle of the central Beijing area.

With picturesque rivers and streams dot the Gubei Water town, over 20 hotels and local houses that are available to stay in, and plenty of shopping and restaurants to choose from,  Gubei water town is the ideal resort destination for families or couples who wish to enjoy a weekend getaway.  Even a day trip to Gubei Water Town is enough to enjoy the area.


Gubei Water Town is located in the Miyun County in Beijing, approx. 2.5 hours ride from Beijing.

Opening hours & Ticket Prices

Gubei Water Town Entrance Fee 150RMB  p.p

Senior over 60 years old: Half Price

Opening Hours: 8:00- 17:00 ( ticket selling till 16:30)

Simatai Great Wall: 40RMB p.p


If you buy the ticket for Gubei Water Town, then you don’t need to book Simatai Great Wall ticket in advance.

Gubei Water Town + Simatai Great Wall Combo Ticket: RMB 170

Cable car for Simatai Great Wall: 80RMB p.p (single); 120RMB p.p (return)

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What to see in Gubei Water Town
Simatai Great Wall

Best part of Gubei water town is the Simati Great Wall itself. Simatai East is partially restored and has been open for a time. Visitors can enjoy the walk from tower 1 to tower 10 and return. This walk takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Walking up Simtatai Great Wall takes a great deal of physical effort and a lot of confidence, as the stairs are steep if you want to go to the top. There are some sections without sides and the steep slopes guide you on the narrow stairsteps. However, if you’re in reasonable shape and just take your time, you’ll do just fine.

You can also take a cable up. It’s a steep 7-minute ride up the side of the mountain, and it’s considered to be very safe. The wall itself is strictly controlled for numbers so that only so many can go up it at a time. The views are fantastic but bear in mind to take water with you as there isn’t any available at the top. There are lots of photo opportunities along the path. The Great Wall is lit up at night and exceptionally beautiful.

As Simatai West section including sky bridge over Simatai lake, zip line are closed. The original zip line is not available anymore.

Enjoy night view

Gubei water town a good place to walk around and enjoy what an old village would have looked like. At night the town is well lit and the view is 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.

Gubei water town travel guide


Experience Local Customs

There is plenty to do besides climbing the wall like archery and traditional games. Take a visit to the plaza in the middle of town and enjoy the traditional theater show. There are many great acts and acrobats performing the dragon dance and more.

You can also learn how to create your own lantern, kites, and sand bottles. Learn about ecological cloth dying at Youngshun House and enjoy the beauty of the hanging drapes.

The best time to take a trip

The best time to go would be spring, summer and fall. The beautiful natural colors in the season will make your experience mesmerizing. During wintertime the temperatures can be too low outside. It’s not recommended to get there in winter.

Where to eat

There are plenty of restaurants from luxury to simple family style. Lots of boutique shopping with set prices and no one hassling you to buy. Most restaurants have English menus for you to choose from.

How to get there

It takes at least 2.5 hours to  Gubei Water Town by car from Beijing each way. Take bus number 980 from Dongzhimen Station to Miyun West Bridge Station and then take bus number 51 to Simatai Village from there. Returning back to Beijing is a lot easier since there is a direct bus route from Gubei to Dongzhimen Station.

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Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan) Travel Guide

Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan) Guide

Brief Introduction of the Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan)

The Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan) is a popular tourist attraction in Beijing. It has beautiful lakes, ruins of the old palace and lotus blossoms. Blending typical Chinese landscaping and Western architecture, the garden was described as the “Versailles of the East.”

The Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan) was first constructed in the year of 1709 during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. As an Imperial Garden in Qing Dynasty, it took 150 years to build, consisted of extensive collection of gardens and architectures. Unfortunately, the palace was destroyed in 1860 and some of its more spectacular fragments can be seen in the British museum in London.

The huge number of separate gardens enable you to enjoy some quiet and peace. It’s one of the harmonious places in Beijing, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can easily spend half day, walking through the Parkland, taking boat tours, visiting the maze, seeing the ruins of the Old Summer Palace and much more. It’s a great way to create memories when you’re in Beijing.

Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan) Travel


The Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan) is located northwest of Beijing and to the east of the present-day Summer Palace, near Peking University.

Ticket Price:

25 CNY for an adult – students half-price, 10 CNY for kids above 1.2 M. Free for kids under 1.2m.

Opening Hours:

Daily 8am-7pm (Apr-Oct); 8am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar) Cash only

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What To See

Unlike the new Summer Palace, the Old Summer Palace offers nice stroll through historic ruins and the beauty of nature. You will find excellent gardens, lakes, the ruins of the old palace, and flowers in full bloom starting April all through Fall. To reach the ruins, you have to walk about 1km and halfway through the south gate.

The Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan) covers a huge area, so be prepared for a lot of walking. You can always relax on the benches along the way, when you are tired from walking. The boat trip is peaceful and saves some walking,  and cover the whole area within half a day.

Old Summer Palace (Ruins of Yuanmingyuan

Audio Guide

It’s very helpful to rent an audio guide since the entire place is in ruins, there’s less to appreciate if you don’t know how the place looked before.  The audio guide has not only a GPS-guided map, excellent storytelling, also digitally reconstructed images/videos to give you a peculiar view of the ruins. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens and enjoy the beauty of one of the most memorable tourist attractions in Beijing.

How to Get There

Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Yuanmingyuan Station. Get out from Exit B and you can see the south gate of the park.

A Complete Travel Guide to Cuandixia village

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Brief Introduction of the Cuandixia village

The historic Chuandixia Village was established during the Ming and Qing dynasties, around for more than five centuries. Chuandixia Village is also known as the Potala Palace, there are over 70 courtyards on the property. By walking through the village, you truly get a sense of what it was like to live in China during the Ming Dynasty. Much of the village is the same as it was during that time period. It really is like stepping back in time.


Cuandixia Village is in Zhaitang Town, Mentougou District, Cuandixia Village (or Chuandixia Village) is about 56 miles (90 km) west of downtown Beijing.

Ticket Price:

35RMB p.p for adults; 18RMB p.p for students with student’s identity cards and elderly people with older cards; free for children shorter than 1.2 meters

Opening Hours:

7:00 to 18:30 every day
Chuandixia village Beijing

What to See in Chuandixia Village

The scenery around the village is amazing; there are large mountains off in the distance. From the car park (and the drop-off spot for taxis and cars), a walk up to the temple,  you can see all the houses that are scattered in and around the valley. Almost everywhere you look, the mountains provide the backdrop for this tranquil scene.

There is plenty to look at in the village as well; allot yourself about sixty minutes to walk through all of the courtyards. Some visitors shy away from peeking into the homes themselves, because they do not want to disturb anyone. Keep in mind that the homeowners want you to look around.

Just past the village, along a road that travels uphill, there is something that is known as the Yixiantian, or the Thread of the Sky. Two mountains come quite close together at this junction, with a very old Post Road twisting through them. This is a popular sight for Chinese movies, in part because of its uniqueness. While it is a little walk to get there, you won’t regret seeing the Yixiantian.

Beijing Chuandixia village


Where to sleep: 

If you want to fully immerse yourself in the experience, you can spend the night in a courtyard house. There are a lot of little homes, inns and courtyards throughout the village. They are available to tourists at certain times of the year. If you decide to stay, simply inquire as to whether there are any rooms for rent. Take a look at the space and then make a deal as to how much you will pay. The rooms are not fancy but should have everything that you need.

Chuandixia village

Is it for you?

Chuandixia Village is a beautiful, tranquil area, and it draws a lot of people for that reason. If you want to step outside of Beijing for a brief respite, this is a great place to go. As an added bonus, those that enjoy taking photographs will love all the material they find at Chuandixia Village.

How to Get There?

Take Subway Line 1 to Pingguoyuan Station. Then take bus 892 and get off at Zhaitang Station. Next, take a taxi or carpool with others to reach the entrance. The taxi fare is around CNY 20 – 30.

From Cuandixia Village, there are buses returning to Zhaitang Station, leaving at 06:50, 09:40 and 15:35. Upon arrival at Zhaitang, take bus 892 back to Pingguoyuan Subway Station.

The Longqing Gorge Travel Guide

Longqing Gorge

Brief Introduction of the Longqing gorge Beijing

Longqing gorge is the best place to escape the hustle and bustle of Beijing. Not only during winter time, for the Longqingxia ice lantern festival, but also during spring, summer and autumn. This gorge is usually reputed to be the ‘Little Three Gorges’ of the Yangtze River,  and has clear waters, curious stones, wooded mountain and wonderful karst caves.


The Longqing Gorge is located in the northeast of Yanqing County, about 85 kilometers away from Beijing downtown, a bit further north than Badaling Great Wall.

Opening Hours

April 10 to November 15: 07:30 ~ 16:30

January 15 to the end of February (Ice Lantern Festival): 09:00 ~ 22:00

Entrance fee: 

– 40 RMB / person (half price for students, free for kids under 1.2 m)

– 100 RMB for the boat trip

– 10 RMB for the flower (baihua) cave (best to skip at it is a cave decorated with fake flowers)

The best attractions in Longqing Gorge

The top-rated attractions in Longqing Gorge include Baihua (hundred Flowers) cave, Longqing Gorge Cruise, Jingang temples and the Shenxianyuan (Immortal).

River cruise & winter fall (dam)

Taking a cruise would be the best and relaxing way to enjoy the scenery around Longqing. Near the entrance, a grand waterfall plummets down 50 meters from the dam above. A long, dragon-shaped escalator carries visitors to the dam. Once at the top of the escalator, you catch a boat around the Gorge.

Along the river, you will be able to see heavily forested steep cliffs and bare limestone in different amazing shapes, eroded by the power of water.

To some extent, it looks like Li River. Most of the rocks and hills here are given names such as Immortal Taoist temple, Comb hill, Jingang Temple and Flowers cave. The Comb Hill which is also called Solitary beauty peak is one of the most popular spots for those who visit Longqing gorge.

This hill is approximately 70 meters (230feet) high and surrounded by water. Comb hill is regarded as a major landmark in Longqing gorge. Another place that you should visit is the Flowers Cave which covers 0.74 acres (3,000 square meters).

The Longqing Gorge Travel Guide

Ice lanterns

Longqing gorge is also popular for its ice lantern show during winter from January to February. Even though each year has its own unique theme, the beautiful icefall against the dam is always the highlight. Do you want to see the amazing combination of human creativity and natural wonder? If the answer is a big yes, then it may be a good idea to visit Longqing during winter.

Things to do in Longqing Gorge

Some of the things to do in Longqing Gorge including taking flying rope, taking a cruise to enjoy the view around the reservoir, bungee jumping and so on. These projects require you to have the courage to meet the challenge.

Taking flying rope

This is a good way to cross rivers, mountains or mountain streams by a pulley and slide in mountaineering expeditions. This project is between two cliffs in the gorge and is 200 m long. The equipment used are all imported, safe and reliable. Taking flying rope will make you feel like you are flying in the sky.

Bungee jumping

This is a challenging sport loved by thrill seekers. Bungee jumping platform is on a cliff found near Jingang temple and is 48 meters high. The platform is highly secure meaning that bungee jumping in Longqing is safe. So, it may be a good idea to try this sport when you visit Longqing area.

Longqing Gorge Bungee jumping

Best time to visit

September and October and mid-January to late February are typically the best times to visit Longqing Gorge. In September and October, the weather is fine and cool with less rain. During this time, the gorge is dressed in red and yellow leaves making the area beautiful.

Winter occurs from mid-January to late February and it is during this time that Ice and Snow Festival is held. This festival is usually popular among visitors who visit Longqing gorge.

How to get to The Longqing Gorge in Beijing 

By bus: Take Bus 919 from Deshengmen Bus Terminal and get off at Yanqing County and change for Bus 920 for Longqing Gorge

By train: take S train to Yanqing County then take shuttle bus to Longqing gorge or hire a taxi.

By car:  About 2 hours with little traffic. Drive along Badaling Expressway (Jingzang Expressway) and exit from Exit 62, pass by Yanqing County, then follow directions.

You can rent a car through a travel agent to take you from Beijing downtown to get to the gorge area. The last bus from Longqing Gorge should be around 5 to 6 pm. It is recommended to spend one day tour to visit the gorge from Beijing.

Vehicle (Car, Van, Coach) Rental Rates (RMB)
Options Airport-pickup/ drop off Mutianyu+Ming Tombs  Longqing Gorge Badaling OR Huanghuacheng Mutianyu Great Wall  Mutianyu+Summer Palace Simatai OR Jinshanling 
4 seats Hyundai
250 790 890 750 690 790 990
6 seats Refine/Buick 350 890 1090 890 850 890 1290
14 seats Ford Transit
550 1490 1390 1390 1390 1490 1690
18 seats Joylong 750  1890  1790  1690 1690 1890 2090

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