Meet your expert guide at your hotel at 8 am and travel through the bustling streets by private, climate-controlled vehicle toward the Gube Water Town and the Great Wall (3 hrs). The water town, surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir, is built on the former 5 sub natural villages of Simatai Village at the foot of Simatai Great Wall. The Simatai village was developed from Simatai Castle built during the reign of Emperor Wanli ( 1573 -1620 ) in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 – 1644 ).
The Simatai Great Wall stretches 5.4 km from Wangjinglou (Tower for Viewing the Capital) in the east and connects Jinshanling Great Wall in the west. Originally built in the North Qi Dynasty (550-577), it incorporates a variety of styles of other parts of the China Wall, but also display some unique features. East and West section of Simatai Great Wall are divided by a lake, which is fed by two springs. Even in winter time the lake never ice up. Both sections are linked up by a suspension bridge. The hills in the west are sloping gently with well-maintained towers, and the Wall is winding on the hills like a golden dragon with majestic vigor. Due to safety concern, only the eastern watch towers 2 to 10 are opened to public presently.
In the late afternoon we continue to drive to Jinshanling Great Wall (30 mins). Catch scenic views of watchtowers snaking along the mountain. There is fascinating variety in the watch-towers here. Some have two stories, others three. Some have flat roofs, others rounded, and others again are pitched with upturned eaves. Your expert guide will show you to the best section to enjoy the most beautiful Sunset view, the best places for photographers to take Great Wall photos. After the sunset head to a local farmer's restaurant. Meet and chat with the farmers with a home-cooked Chinese meal. You will have a chance to experience making Chinese dumplings as part of your dinner. End your tour with a drop-off at your hotel in Beijing.
Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.
Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:
- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency
- Copy of Flight tickets
- Hotel booking confirmation
- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document)
In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.
Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.
Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.
What to Expect on Tour
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