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Review of Gubei Water Town

Gubei Water Town
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Beijing Gubei Water Town Admission Ticket
Ranked #27 of 1 567 things to do in Beijing
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Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

This place is a prison disguised as a pretty water town with access to The Great Wall - tourist trap!

We knew this place was a newly built town all Disneyfied up but we thought it would give us easy access to a stunning area of the wall - we were wrong. The Chinese have blocked access from Simatai to Simatai West, stopping you from crossing the bridge and continuing toward Jinshanling. While we were there, (July 2018) they had also blocked access after tower 8, again preventing you from continuing towards Simatai's tower 9, 10 etc and also tower 15 (the fairy tower),which is the highest point of this area and supposedly giving amazing views - we wouldn't know, as this resort kept us trapped inside the area they wanted us to remain within.

To add insult to injury, there is also a lot of reconstruction of the wall starting in this area and we could see a huge resort being built not far from Water Town (no doubt to give easy access for Chinese with cable cars and bus routes etc up to Simatai West).

So disappointed with my Great Wall experience based in this town. In hindsight I would advise to base yourself in Jinshanling and walk towards Simatai West, or go with a group tour and camp on the wall overnight.

5  Thank Aliceep1987
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

We stayed for 2 nights at the Gubei water town. The night view at the water town was fantastic. Good for relaxation

Thank Monimoe68
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Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

There are several ways to visit the Great Wall of China and several different sites. This by far was the most family friendly site so far.

This is a tourist town- made to look like an old town, but everything is very brand new.

We are a family of five with kids ages 11, 9, 4. We really wanted to stay in the bed and breakfast places. But because of the recent rains and possible flooding they were closed for sleeping, but still open for food. We ended up staying at one of their hotels the Beijing Wtown Hotspring Resort. This hotel was pretty amazing. We got a family suite that had a master bedroom and an adjoining room with two single beds.

First- we had to get to this Water Town. We rented a car and drove in. There’s several parking lots outside of the resort and you park based on your hotel reservations. He bus ride into the resort town is included but you just need to show proof of the reservation which for most people is in the form of a text.

We get dropped off at the main Tourist Office where inside is nice and air conditioned with at Star Bucks.

We go check in, pay our deposit and hand over our luggages to bell service who will transfer them to the hotel for us.

Then we load up on another bus and head into town. In the town there are lots of shops, free shows, foodies, and a giant indoor children’s park.

Our hotel had a huge gorgeous pool that we didn’t have time to visit.

The main attraction of Gubei Water Town is going up to the Great Wall. My understanding is more turrets are open during the day. It was hot when we were here so we choose the evening tour. It was a very short ten minute walk from our hotel to the Simatai gates. During the day you can take a 45 min walk up. In the evening the only option is the gondola. It starts after 5:30 pm. There’s really no need to buy tickets in advance.

We got there, bought tickets and was on the gondola maybe ten minutes after. At the top the gondola drops you off between I think turrets 5 and 6 and you are only allowed the explore those few. It was enough for our family especially with the small one. This is truly a part of the Great Wall that has largely not been remodeled and there are sheer drops just off the edge of the wall.

After visiting the Wall was a quick decent back down to town. After dinner we decided to visit the hot springs. We made the mistake of walking through the connection from our hotel. It would have been quicker or we just walked out on the street. The hot springs is open to public and we had tickets included in our hotel stay. I’m not sure how it would work if you picked a bed and breakfast. It is recommended you bring swimwear. Females and males have separate hot springs area. You are giving slippers and a locker to store your items. There are hot springs that are outside and also ones that are indoor with themes like “rose petals” or “medicinal”. There is also one that is 37 degrees versus 42 with lots of plastic balls for younger kids.

For my family we only stayed one day. This is definitely a place you can spend a few days at. It’s at a slower pace for China and a great way to relax. And best of all is the lack of crowds.

1  Thank PJChiang
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Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

¥45亿(45follows with 8zeros)investment and 4 years to build, just opened in 2014. Gubei Water Town is a huge hotspring resort. It’s built with some ancient Chinese southern water town look, and some western village elements.

There r 5 starts hotels and small inns spreading in different spots of the resort, prices ranging from around ¥400 to over ¥3000!

The hotel we stayed comes with a package of hotspring+admission of the resort and free access to the Great Wall(you still have to buy the ticket but the outsiders have to get in line and make reservation). The hotels and home/farm stay outside the resort may cost less but you have to purchase tickets separately for resort admission and hotspring.

The Chinese restaurants have cuisines from Shandong, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and snacks. There’re also some typical western food like pizza house, steak house, German restaurant with beer brewery.

The shops are mainly traditional handy crafts: kites, paper lanterns, bamboo products, organic dye clothes, shoes, folk paintings...etc. Some shops offer classes for children to make their own.

I’m very impressed by the easy access of washrooms, they are everywhere, clean with papers and soap!

In general, the resort beautifully utilizes the ancient Chinese and western elements, combining the old and new buildings in a way you don’t feel awkward.

If you visit with older folks, beware that most roads built with stones and pebbles, it’s not easy to walk or for wheelchairs.

Thank Soxblue
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Reviewed 16 July 2018

Strongly recommend to stay for a night or two, so you can just relax and take time to climb the Great Wall during the day or at night. This town is beautifully designed with a historic flavor, very family friendly, with many choices of restaurants, stores and hot spas. After climbing the Great Wall, it is a nice treat to immerse in the hot springs and get a message! When reserving hotels, make sure you book one actually inside of the town, so you can walk around. There are several hotels located outside of the town, then you will need a car, and have to go through admission hall each time.

2  Thank saibitko
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