Simatai Great Wall is located in the north of Miyun County, 120 km northeast of Beijing. The Great Wall itself is temporary close since June 2010 for renovation and repair. Recently we heard some news about Simatai Great Wall will reopen in October 2013.
About Simatai Great Wall
Appearance of Simatai Great Wall
Simatai Great Wall is located about 120 km (75 miles) northeast of Beijing. Visitors can reach the Wall from Beijing for about 2 and half hours. It originally built during the Northern Qi Dynasty and rebuilt in Hongwu years of the Ming Dynasty. Simatai section was built under the supervision of General Qi Jiguang (1528 - 1588). In total, it has 5.4 km long with 35 beacon towers with the average distance between one beacon tower to another about 100 – 200 meters. Simatai Great Wall is also become one of the Great wall sections that still remain its original features with less renovation.
Condition of Simatai Great Wall
Original Feature of Simatai Great Wall
Simatai Great Wall is separated by a valley into eastern and western parts. Linked with the Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall in Hebei Province, the western part appears gentle with 20 well-preserved watchtowers dotting along the wall. The eastern part is much steeper, following more rugged terrain that includes cliff edges and kilometre-high peaks. Simatai is also famous for its hiking adventure. For past years, the hiking route between Simatai and Jinshanling Great Wall is also become the favorite (takes about 4 hours). The trails are rather steep and at some points very narrow.
Simatai Great Wall is an outstanding place for sightseeing, hiking and exploration. It retains its original appearance in the Ming Dynasty and looks beautiful with its incredible scenic view in surroundings. One of the specialists of Great Wall even said Simatai is the best of the Great Wall.
What are the Major Spots in Simatai Great Wall?
Watchtower on Simatai Great Wall
Some of the main attractions in Simatai are Wangjinglou (Watching Beijing Tower), Xiannulou (Fairy Tower), Tianti (Heavenly Ladder) and Tianqiao (Sky Bridge). Built along the steep mountain ridges, Heavenly Ladder and Sky Bridge are the most thrilling parts. With an elevation of 986 meters, Wangjinglou is regarded as the summit of Simatai Great Wall. From the summit, visitors could see breathtaking panorama view around. Other attraction called Heavenly Ladder is a steep and narrow wall leads to the Fairy Maiden Tower. Climb the mountain side up 85 degrees to the mountain peak with cliffs on both sides. Really adventure!
Come to the Great Wall then you will witness in person the magnificence and glory of this man-made masterpiece.