Beijing Weekend Getaway – Gu Bei Water Town 古北水镇

I have been contemplating to write a series of blog posts, called the Beijing Weekend Getaway. Beijing is a busy city, and from time to time, it is nice to escape from such a tense vibes.

Holidays are scarce; therefore it is essential to plan and utilize the weekend for our runaway. If you are living in Beijing, I hope you will find this series informative. I will be introducing places that are not too far away from Beijing, places most suitable for a two days weekend trip.

The first place I would like to introduce: Gu Bei.

I went to Gu Bei, during my last semester. If my memory serves me right, it was around the first week of March. We rented a private mini bus, and it came with a driver. We went there in a group of 11, so it cost us around 70RMB per pax for the transportation. You need to purchase the entrance ticket to enter the city, and a ticket costs around 150RMB.

It took around 2 hours bus ride from my school BLCU. We departed at 8 o’clock in the morning. We are not in a rush to reach there so early because we plan to stay till late night for Gu Bei’s beautiful night view.

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Gu Bei is a small, beautiful town. It was built as a replica of Wuzhen Water Town in the Southern China. If you have a chance to visit Gu Bei, you can experience the subtle Southern China feel, but in Beijing.

The town was rebuilt by collecting old tiles and bricks from around the country. The town itself leans against the Simatai Great Wall, so it is filled with an ancient city vibes, tangled with the nature atmosphere along the mountains and water.

As I mentioned, I went there during the first week of March, during the late winter. It was still freezing; every breath turned into mist as it left my mouth. The lake was all frozen; it was a spectacular scene.

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We had dinner after exploring the city and had our last sight of GuBei night view.

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 10The night view of Gubei with the Great Wall behind

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Have a great weekend everyone!

xx    L o v e,  M W   xx