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How to Visit Jiankou Great Wall (Tips, Photos & Map)

Saturday, October 9th, 2021
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When you are planning Beijing Tour, an excursion to one of the sections of the Great Wall will be definitely on your agenda.

Mutianyu Great Wall is listed as the No.01 attraction in Beijing according to the recommendations by Beijing Tripadvisor Community. But nowadays the temptation is increasing to visit its west neighboring section of the Great Wall known as Jiankou Great Wall due to its wildness, originality and its state of unrestoredness.

ABC of Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou Great Wall is about 20km long starting from the 23rd Tower of Mutianyu Great Wall to Beijing Knot, the most northwestern tower of Jiankou Great Wall. There are some interesting names given to some dangerous or unique sites along  Jiankou Great Wall.

From its east to west, we just name some of these interesting places on the Wall – Ox Horn Edge,  Jiankou (Arrow Nock ), Sky Ladder, Upward Flying Eagle Tower, Beijing Knot and 9-Eye Tower. We’ll explain all these intriguing names later.

The 20km long Jiankou Great Wall runs generally in a form of “W”, like a bow fully stretched, and the lowest point is know as Arrow Nock ( “Jiankou” in Chinese), hence the name of Jiankou Great Wall. So when we are talking about Jiankou Great Wall, we either refer to the wall itself or the particularly low point of the Wall where it is often used as the starting point for the wall hiking.

Then, how to get to Jiankou Great Wall? How to visit Jiankou Great Wall? What’s the hiking level and am I fit for the hike? Questions like these are often tantalizing people. Lets’ go step by step to answer all these questions.

How to Get to Jiankou Great Wall

Generally there are three most used ways of getting up to the Wall:
1) Hiking up from Xizhazi Village (西栅子村) on the north hillside of the Wall

2) Scrambling up from Wofo Mountain Villa (卧佛山庄) on the south  hillside of the Wall

3) Walking from the 23rd Tower on the west of the Mutianyu Great Wall.

So you have three starting points – Xizhazi Village, Wofo Mountain Villa and Mutianyu Great Wall. Which starting point to choose?

If you are in a process of Mutianyu Great Wall hike, and at the same time you’d like to have a glimpse of Jiankou Great Wall,  you may choose to walk from the western tip ( the 23rd tower) of Mutianyu Great Wall and then walk on the wild apart of Jiankou Great Wall;

If you want to save your energy on the hillside climbing and put your energy on the wall hike itself, you’d better choose to start from Xizhazi Village since the walk from Xizhazi Village to the Arrow Nock (Jiankou) only takes about half hour while scrambling up from Wofo Mountain Villa takes 1.5 – 2 hours.

Look at the Jiankou Tourist Map  below for a clear picture of the Wall.

Though the mountain climbing from Wofo Mountain Villa up to the Arrow Nock (Jiankou) – the lower part of Jiankou Great Wall, there are still many travelers use this passage to reach Jiankou Great Wall either because Wofo Mountain Villa has better food service and accommodation facilities since it is a holiday resort and also because hiring a van from Huairou District to Wofo Mountain Village is cheaper than to Xizhazi Village.

Wofo Mountain Villa is not far from the entrance to Mutianyu Great Wall,and can be reached by hiring a van from the downtown Huairou District ( about 30 yuan per person).

We recommend you go to Xizhazi Village to start your one day or 2 day Jiankou Great Walk hike.

How to Get to Xizhazi Village (西栅子村)

Xizhazi Village is located on the foot of the north hillside of Jiankou Great Wall. The village is administrated by Badaohe Township, 30km northwest of Huairou District and Huairou District is about 70 km north of Beijing city center.

To enter the village, you need to purchase an entry ticket of 20 yuan, and the ticket is not for visiting the village nor Jiankou Great Wall since Jiankou Great Wall is free of charge as it is a wild section. The 20 yuan entrance fee is paid for Heituoshan Scenic Area (黑坨山风景区) which is situated in the village. Heituoshan is the second highest peak in Huairou District, just 4 km north of Xizhazi Village facing Jiankou Great Wall to its south.

Xizhazi Village has become a base for Jiankou Great Wall enthusiasts. They eat and stay here. One family in the village with the surname of “Zhao” (赵) is most popular with hikers and photographers who amiably nickname their farm courtyard as “A Photographers’ Home”. They kindly call the host of the family as “Lao Zhao” ( old Zhao ).

If you are going to have a 2-day Jiankou hike tour,  you may stay here in Zhao’s home by calling him in advance – 61611762. Add: No.47 Jiushuikeng Xizhazi Village, Yanqi Town Huairou District, Huairou, Beijing (北京市怀柔区雁栖镇西栅子村旧水坑47号)

That said,  how to get to the village? Early in the morning at 7:00 am, you take the bus 919 or 936 from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub to downtown Huairou District where you share a van ( 40 – 60 yuan per person ) for Xizhazi Village ( or Heituoshan Scenic Area ) – 西栅子村(黑坨山风景区).

Hike Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu in One Day (Moderate)

Jiankou Great Wall, especially the west 10 km part of the Wall is dangerous and treacherous. For many international tourists,  not well prepared with hiking gear, we only suggest to hike the east part of the wall, comparatively mild and secure.  The current Jiankou – Mutianyu Great Wall hike day tour is most sought after and very popular among international travelers.

Xizhazi Village has 6 natural sub-villages (or Teams).  If you are going to walk from Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall, you will start from the No.02 Team  also known as Nanjili Village. Let your driver drop you off at the Nanjili Village of Xizhazi Village (西栅子村南吉利).

The most difficult part of the hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu is the scramble from the No.02 Team of Xizhazi Village (615m sea level) up to Zhengbeilou Tower ( 975m sea level). This one hour uphill climb is done along steep bushy mountain path in a beautiful pine forest. Very often you have to have your hands on rocks, roots, and bushes for balance.

Zhengbeilou Tower ( 975m sea level)
Zhengbeilou Tower ( 975m sea level)

Zhengbeilou Tower is most visited by Jiankou hikers, a starting point for the walk eastwards Mutianyu. Standing on Zhengbei Tower, have a look at the Upward Flying Eagle Tower, Sky Ladder on the west. On the northeast, you will clearly see the Upturn “U” Wall – the Ox Horn Edge Wall. If you don’t have strong legs,  you may take a short cut to circumvent it.

It is a scenic walk from Zhengbeilou to the 23th tower of Mutianyu Great Wall. Steep slopes with loose bricks and stones also add the difficulty of your climbing the Ox Horn Edge Wall up and down. So just skip the the Ox Horn Edge Wall by walking a short cut along a dirt path below the wall instead of hiking uphill along the crumbling steep brickwork.

A scenic walk from Zhengbeilou to the 23th tower of Mutianyu Great Wall

The rest of the hike is relatively manageable though you still have to walk through the crumbling brickwork with many soil-grown obstacles, the totally unrestored section of the Wall. Walking up and down, twists and turns. In 2 hours, you will reach the 23th watch tower, the final restored tower on Mutianyu Great Wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall is a restored wall with 23 watch towers snaking along the ridge from the first watch tower in the east up to the final tower (23th tower) in the west,which is linked to Jiankou Great Wall on its west.

Reach the 23rd watch tower, the western tip of Mutianyu Great Wall

If you feel tired after walking directly from Zhengbeilou Tower, you may take a cable car down to the hill from the cable car station below the 14th Watch Tower at Mutianyu Great Wall.

If you have strong legs, you may walk downhill from the 10 or 8th watch tower, or you may walk to the 6th tower where you are able either to take a cable car or toboggan downhill. Cable car: RMB60. At the time of my writing, no need to buy the entrance ticket for Mutianyu Great Wall if you walk from Jiankou Great Wall.

Hike Jiankou Great Wall in 2 Days (Challenging)

Two-day Jiankou Great Wall hikers are either seasoned travelers or adventure-takers. They both come here, well prepared or fully armed, for the most dangerous part of the wall – the 10 km Beijing Knot to Arrow Nock (Jiankou) part of Jiankou Great Wall.

Many of them would choose to stay overnight at Zhao’s home ( Host: Mr. Zhao Fuqing) in the Team 5 ( or Jiushuikeng Sub-Village ) of Xizhaizi Village ( 西栅子村旧水坑).

Zhao’s home
Add: No.47, Jiushuikeng, Xizhazi Village, Yanqi Town, Huairou District, Beijing (北京市怀柔区雁栖镇西栅子村旧水坑47号)
Tel: Tel:61611762

Day One: Xizhazi Village  – Jiankou (Arrow Nock) – Sky Ladder – Upward Flying Eagle Tower – Xizhazi Village

Get up early and take the bus 919 to Hairou where share a van for Xizhazi Village. Ask your driver to drop you off at Team 5 ( or Jiushuikeng ) of Zizhazi Village. Take a short break at Zhao’s Family Home, and start your first day hike to Jiankou.

Up to the Upward Flying Eagle Tower
Up to the Upward Flying Eagle Tower

First have a less than one hour’s walk from Zhao’s home to the low part of the wall – Jiankou ( Arrow Nock), then start the hike from Jiankou (Arrow Nock ) west to the Sky Ladder ( See the map above). The Sky Ladder is difficult to climb, narrow just for one person to pass with a slope of 70-80 degrees.

Climb over the Sky Ladder,  you continue west and you will conquer the most difficult part – the Upward Flying Eagle Tower. As the name suggests, the tower is the highest point along Jiankou Great Wall, even hard for an eagle to fly over. Take great care since the tower is built on the tip of the mountaintop,  crumbling and treacherous, you need to take great care! .  After climbing over the tower, choose a short cut back to Xizhazi Village.

the Sky Ladder
the Sky Ladder

Day Two: Xizhazi Village – Beijing Knot – Xizhazi Village

Today you will start up for Beijing Know from Xizhazi Village. Beijing Knot is the most northwest tower along Jiankou Great Wall, high above the mountain.

Actually three sections of the wall intersect here at the tower, hence the name of Beijing Knot – one goes to the 9-Eye Tower of the Great Wall running further to the north; the second going west to Huanghuacheng Great Wall and Jiankou itself on the east.

Beijing Knot
Beijing Knot

Alternatively, today you may choose to hike from Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall for a moderate hike.

5. Personal Equipment

1. Good shoe wear and thick socks
2. Sticks
3. Cap, sun-glasses, sunscreen
4. Bottles of water, snacks, pocket knife
5. Lip balm and first aid kit
6. Mobile
7. Carry bottles of water in your travel bags.
8. Wear pants and long-sleeves even in summer to hike through jungles and bushes.
9. Toilet paper.

6. Important Tips and Notice

1. Leave nothing but prints, take nothing but photos
2. Avoid bad or extreme weathers: rain, storm, lightening and foggy days.
3. Use a local tour guide or a local villager as your guide. Don’t recommend solo travel.
4. Take great care since some walls are crumbling and treacherous.

Add on

Jiankou Great Wall Map
Jiankou Great Wall
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall

How to Visit Great Wall of China
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How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Bus
How to Get to Simatai Great Wall & Gubei Water Town
How to Visit Mutianyu Great Wall
How to Visit Great Wall of China in Winter
How to Visit Great Wall of China Wheelchair Accessible

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Mutianyu Great Wall Group Day Tour
Mutianyu Great Wall Half  Day Private Tour
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Tour
Hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Tour
Hike from Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall West Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square Day Tour
Hiking Cross the Wild Great Wall at Shixiaguan

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Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
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Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Equestrian Clubs in Beijing (Tips, Photos)

Friday, August 13th, 2021
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Thinking of planning an Equestrian Vacation on your short Beijing Tour? If you are a horse enthusiast and looking for a place to go horseback riding in Beijing, you won’t be disappointed. Some of equine clubs have qualified and bilingual instructors, and these clubs have both indoor or outdoor arenas, training areas, club houses and saddlery stores.

This “”Horse Clubs in Beijing” list is hand-picked by us aimed at offering you some useful information on the equestrian clubs in Beijing. Before you choose any of these clubs, please contact them directly for more detailed information and also try to learn their online reviews and word of mouth.

1. Beijing International Equestrian Club 京城马汇国际马术俱乐部

Beijing International Equestrian Club (BIEC) is located in Caiyu County, Daxing District of Beijing, where the Beijing-Tianjin-Tanggu expressways meets. This horse club owns an international standard course for eventing, two outdoor arenas, one indoor arena for jumping, one indoor arena for dressage and a horse free-roaming area.

BIEC also has a stable with over 60 rooms, which is operated by European professional team aimed at training and teaching. The horse back riding training is suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.

The outdoor arena at BIEC ( Image Credit: iecbj.com)

Add: 99 Cailang Road, Caiyu Town, Daxing District, Beijing 大兴区采育镇采廊路99号
Tel: 0086 10 80201919 /8110 Fax传真: +86 10 80203333
Website: www.iecbj.com

2. Equuleus International Riding Club 天星调良国际马术俱乐部

Beijing Equuleus International Riding Club has developed steadily and healthily since its establishment in 1999. It has over 4000 registered members both from home and abroad. The club has become a gathering place for people who love equestrian and has become an brand image of excellent equestrian training center, excellent horse breeding center.

The horse club is highly accredited star horse club in China by UK, China Equestrian Association, Beijing Turf and Equestrian Association. The horse back riding training is suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders.

Equuleus International Riding Club (Image Credit: maidong100.com )

Add: 91 Shunbai Rd, Cui Ge Zhuang County, Chaoyang, Beijing (北京朝阳区崔各庄乡顺白路91号)
Tel:400 075 0808, 13522339691
Website: www.equriding.com

3. Beijing Xiwu International Horse Club 北京西坞乡村马术俱乐部

Beijing Xiwu International Horse Club (Sheerwood Beijing Equestrian Country Club)is accredited as a four-star equestrian club, with a total area of 28 hectares, including 3 standard racecourse, 1 steeplechase course and 1 indoor training arena. You can practice indoors or go riding along the Wenyu River at your own pace. There are a dozen of horse riding coaches in the club.

Beijing Xiwu International Horse Club (Image: yododo)

Add: Dongyao Village, Jinzhan, Chaoyang,Beijing 北京市朝阳区金盏乡东窑村对面
Tel: 010-84332217

4. Guofa Equestrian 北京国发马术俱乐部

Established in 1996, Guofa Equestrian is a group member of Chinese Equestrian Association and Beijing Equestrian Association. Since its establishment, the club has been actively supporting and committed to the promotion and development of equestrian sports and speed horse racing sports.

Guofa Equestrian has become a comprehensive equestrian club training suitable for novice, intermediate and advanced riders. Many members of the Guofa Equestrian Club in Beijing are children and teenagers between the ages of 3 and 18, and also many of them are female.

Guofa Equestrian (Image Credit: Meituan)

Add: 31 Houqiaoduan, Liqiao Town, Shunyi District, Beijing 北京市顺义区李桥镇后桥段31号
Tel: 010 81471279

5. Oriental Equestrian Club 北京东方马汇马术俱乐部

Founded in 2007, Beijing Oriental Equestrian Clube ( Dong Fang Ma Hui Equestrian Club ) covers an area of 130 acres with over 80 horses.

The club has comprehensiv venues and facilities with the high standard indoor fiber fields. The club is also a member of the French Equestrian Association and one of the five accredited French equestrian schools in China.

The club is qualified to issue the Galop rider’s certificate and Galop coach’s certificate of France equestrian Association.

Oriental Equestrian Club (Image Credit: 盛世航标 sohu )

Add: 500 meters west of Xiwang Road Village Committee, Gaoliying Township, Shunyi District, Beijing
北京市顺义区高丽营镇西王路村委会西500米
Tel: 010-69457995

6. Beijing Zhong Lian Knight Union Equestrian Club 中联骑士联盟马术俱乐部

Knight Union Riding ( Zhong Lian Knight Union Equestrian Club ) is owned by Zoomlion Justudio Sports Promotion Company. With the concept of “feeling the charm of equestrian and enjoying the pleasure of riding on horseback”, Zoomlion Justudio Sports has been focusing on “developing basic equestrian sports” and is committed to promoting equestrian sports in China. It has 11 equestrian clubs in the country, two horse farms in Beijing, 1 experience hall, and more than 180 stables.

Knight Union Riding has four equestrian centers for training or competin listed below:
1. Yancun Village, Fangshan, Beijing 房山区阎村
2. Jiaosha Road, the second expressway of the Capital airport 首都机场二高速焦沙路
3. In the Italian farm of Baige Village, Mapo Township, Shunyi District 顺义区马坡镇白各庄意大利农场内
4. By the beautiful Wenyu River near the Sunhe Bridge on Jingshun Road 京顺路孙河大桥附近美丽的温榆河畔

Knight Union Riding in Sunhe

Service Hotline: 4000881993
Service Address: 71 Xidian, Gaobeidian, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京朝阳区高碑店西店71号
Email: zlqslm@126.com
Website: www.qslm.com.cn

7. Beijing Moon River Bay Equestrian Club 北京月河湾马术俱乐

Beijing Moon River Bay Equestrian Club covers an area of about 100,000 square meters. There are 30 teaching staff and 20 equestrian training coaches, including 5 female coaches. There are 70 horses, trained in the Netherlands of high quality horses.

Moon River Equestrian Club is located in Chaoyang District, Beijing, close to the Jingcheng expressway with convenient transportation. Moon River Bay Equestrian Club also offer dinning and ccommodation services.
Equestrian training time: 7:00 am – 12:00 PM; 2:00 PM-7:00 PM

Beijing Moon River Bay Equestrian Club (Image Credit: dianping.com)

Add: 599 Xinbao Village, Sunhe Township, Chaoyang, Beijing 北京市朝阳区孙河乡下辛堡村599号
Tel: 010 59433582
Mobile: 13701092123

8. Beijing Baoli Equestrian Club 北京宝利马术俱乐部

Founded in 2007, Beijing Baoli Equestrian Club is a council member of Western China Equestrian Promotion Association and a group member of China Horse Industry Association.

The club covers an area of more than 60 acres, and has more than 80 stables, with well-equipped stable facilities, and indoor and outdoor venues. The club has a total of more than 100 breeds of horses from the United States, Australia, Holland and other countries.

Beijing Baoli Equestrian Club ( Image Credit: 马拉马拉)

Add: 162 Caihe Xincun, Shahe Township, Changping, Beijing北京沙河镇踩河新村162号
Tel: 17710386750

9. Great Wall Sunshine Valley Horse Club 长城阳光山谷马术俱乐部

Horses: over 100 horses (European Warm-blood, Thoroughbred and local bred)
Brief introduction: This club is located at the foot of Badaling Great Wall. The horse club is composed of several independent sports and leisure arenas including horse riding, fitness and leisure and resort facilities, a modern horde club city.

It possesses the largest indoor horse riding arena, 3 outdoor riding training arenas, 200 professional stables, one horse hospital.

Add:8 Sunny Road, Badaling Town, Yanqing County, Beijing 延庆八达岭镇阳光路8号
Tel: 010-81182890

10. Beijing Western Giant Equestrian Club 西部巨人马术俱乐部

The Western Giant Equestrian Club is close to the downtown of Beijing. The club has about eight coaches, and more than 80 horses. The staff members are kind. Affordable and a nice place to learn to ride.

Beijing Western Giant Equestrian Club (Image Credit: nuomi.com)

Add: Opposite to 418 Bus Station at Heiqiao Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing 朝阳区崔各庄黑桥村418车站院内
Tel: (010)64367122,13581961050

Our version of this “Top 10 Equestrian Clubs in Beijing” is more or less subjective, you need to search for more information before you choose any them. Good luck!

Add-on

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Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


How to Plan a Trip to Beijing
Best Time to Visit Beijing
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.


Simatai Village

Thursday, August 5th, 2021
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Simatai Village (司马台村) is situated at the foot of Simatai Great Wall in Miyun County, about 135km northeast of the Beijing’s  city center. The old Simatai Village was originally developed from the Simatai Castle built during the reign of Emperor Wanli ( 1573 -1620 ) in Ming Dynasty ( 1368 – 1644 ).

Simatai Village used to have 8 natural sub-villages. Among the 8 sub villages, 5 natural villages were nestled in the valley below the Simatai Great Wall.

In 2010,  the local government started to carry out the policy of “Building Socialist New Villages”  and decided to move the 5 natural villages down from the mountainous area to join the other three natural villages 1.5km with relatively flat terrains southeast of the original Simatai Great Wall area. The area where the other three natural villages were located had a better environment  with the Simatai River passing by all year round.

Now all the 500 households of over 1400 villagers in Simatai New Village live in three separate new sub villages along the Simatai River with beautiful views.  Roughly from the west to the east, the three new sub villages are Xiao Ling Village (小岭村), Shaling Village (沙岭村) and Caijiawopu Village (蔡家窝铺村).  Of the three new villages, Shaling Village is the largest where the head office of Simatai Village is located.

The area evacuated by the former 5 Simatai natural villages has been allocated to the newly built Gubei Water Town with an area of 9 square km,  a huge project with over 3 billion yuan investment. Gubei Water Town is located at the foot of Simatai Great Wall. It is a reproduction of the water town known as Wuzhen in the Yantze River Delta (Jiangnan) and the traditional buildings in the northern China, especially the building style of Shanxi.

With the financial subsidies and compensations from the investment companies behind Gubei Water Town and the local government, all the Simatai villagers now live in new connected buildings –  a kind of two-storey townhouses. The local government encourages the villagers to run homestay service to make money since all the local villagers have lost their lands.

Most of the local households would rent out theirs second floor used as standards rooms for tourists while they live on the first floor. They also offer catering service and cook the local flavor dishes and food. The urban people, especially the middle class white-collar young people often choose to stay in these kinds of farmhouses to kill their weekends or holidays,  a kind of rewinding themselves in the competitive bustle and hustle world.

Tonight I stay at the Grandma Zhang’s townhouse in Simatai Shaling Village.  She says that they are happy with the opportunity to have moved to this new house though they are a bit nostalgic of the old farm house on the mountain by Simatai Great Wall, where they could grow vegetables and do more farm activities. Now she and her husband live in this 165 square meters two-storey townhouse with the 4 rooms on the second floor for rental. Their living conditions are improved and incomes increased.

Simatai New Village is a good choice for your weekend trip to get away from the busy Beijing. Chatting with the local villagers, savoring the local farm food, taking the fresh air and enjoying the natural views – a kind of slow life.

Simatai Village about 143km northeast of downtown Beijing

How to go to Simatai New Village

1. Self-driving: Drive along  the Jingcheng Express and get off at the exit of Taishitun (太师屯), then follow the signboard for another 15km and you see an Archwayy Gate to Simatai Village.

2. Take the public bus no.98 express and get off the stop of Gulou (Drum Tower) at Miyun County, then connect local bus No.51 or 38 to Simatai Village.

Below are some of the photos of Simatai Village taken on my recent trip to give you a clear picture of the ancient new village.

The Archway Gate to Simatai Village

Driving through the archway, the first village you will see is Xiaoling Village. Rows and rows of newly built grey brick townshouses are neatly arrayed along the Simatai New Village.

Rows and rows of newly built grey brick townshouses are neatly arrayed along the Simatai Village.
Rows and rows of newly built grey brick townhouses are neatly arrayed along the Simatai Village.

Driving further from Xiaoling Village is the largest village in Simatai known as Shaoling Village.

The last village of the three villages in Simatai Village is Caijiawopu Village, the closest village to Simatai Great Wall and Gubei Water Town.

I stay at Grandma Zhang’s Townhouse at 59-4 in Shaling Village in Simatai Village.

Grandma Zhang cooks very good local food, especially jiaozi ( dumplings ). She cooks in a small kitchen on the first floor.

Grandma Zhang cooks very good local food, especially jiaozi ( dumplings ). She cooks in a small kitchen on the first floor.
Grandma Zhang cooks very good local food, especially jiaozi ( dumplings ). She cooks in a small kitchen on the first floor.

A table of local farm household dishes prepared by Grandma Zhang seldom tasted in the downtown Beijing.

This is my room with wireless internet and ground heating. It has clean bed cover, quilts and a table lamp and desk for your work.

This is my room with wirelee internet and ground heating. It has clean bed cover, quilts and a table lamp and desk for your work.
This is my room with wireless internet and ground heating. It has clean bed cover, quilts and a table lamp and desk for your work.
I have the honor to take a picture with Grandma Zhang and her husband after dinner. We have a very good chat on everyday life.
I have the honor to take a picture with Grandma Zhang and her husband after dinner. We have a very good chat on everyday life.

to experience the local folk life.  I’m  definitely sure you will never be disappointed! You will come back touched and changed.

Hello Simatai Village, We’ll come back!

Hello Simatai Village, We'll come back!
Hello Simatai Village, We’ll come back!

Add-on

How to Visit Great Wall of China
How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Train
How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Bus
How to Get to Simatai Great Wall & Gubei Water Town
How to Visit Mutianyu Great Wall
How to Visit Great Wall of China in Winter
How to Visit Great Wall of China Wheelchair Accessible

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Car Rental in Beijing
Simatai Great Wall & Gubei Water Town Day Tour   
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


How to Plan a Trip to Beijing
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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