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Where Can I Find Bus to Go to the Simaitai Great Wall?
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I've read your page http://www.china.org.cn/english/MATERIAL/31255.htm in which you tell about the bus 12 from Dongsishitiao to Simatai.
Can you explain exactly where to catch this bus and what time...Saturday morning.

Your website gives me lots of useful information.

Mrs Belliard


Dear Mrs Belliard,

Simatai Great Wall is some 130 kilometers (80 miles) to the northeast of Beijing. Unlike the sections to be seen at Badaling or Mutianyu that have undergone extensive restoration, the Wall at Simatai has retained many of its original 500-year-old features and offers a quite hazardous passage to those who wish to walk along it. The ruinous state of this part of the Wall gives it an air of authenticity that has earned it the reputation of being the most beautiful section of the Great Wall.

How to get there: There are two routes. You can take the coach at the Long-distance Bus Station in Dongzhimen in east part of Beijing to Miyun County where you change to a minibus that goes directly to the sightseeing spot. Alternatively there's a No. 12 tourist bus from either the Xuanwumen or Dongsishitiao stops. Buses No. 113, 701, 758, 823, 834; trolley buses No. 115 and 118; and Beijing subway all lead to Dongsishitiao.

An economy ticket costs 60 yuan and luxury class is 70 yuan. Departure times are from 7 AM to 8 AM.

Safety Advice: Remember that much of Simatai is in a state of ruin. Consequently you'll be embarking on an adventurous hike. In parts the way is steep and hazardous. It's not really suitable for more elderly people who should always be accompanied. As with all dangerous exploits it's advisable to have an experienced guide or someone who has been there before to accompany you. Take particular care not to loose your footing when stopping to take photographs! Never take unnecessary risks and keep to the recognized paths.

Clothing: You'll need light, loose fitting, comfortable clothing that is waterproof, wind-resistant and air permeable. In autumn and winter warm sweaters and gloves are recommended. Gloves should not be too thick as you will need to use your hands when climbing particularly steep sections of the route. Finally, footwear should be comfortable walking shoes or boots with soles that have a good grip. Don't set out with new or untried footwear so as to avoid discomfort and blisters.

Admission Fee:  30 yuan
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 16:50

(China.org.cn November 22, 2006)


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