Great Wall at Simatai

Simatai Great Wall is about 120 kilometers northeast of Beijing in Miyun County. This section of the Great Wall is about 19 kilometers long with 35 magnificent watch towers and joins the Jinshanling in the west. The design of this section is ingenious and peculiar, really valuable for the study of military affairs and construction of that time. The unique feature of this section is dangerous and precipitous. Many parts of the Great Wall here were built on sheer cliffs or on steep mountains slopes. It rises and falls sharply but has every essential structure---walls, watch towers and parapets. Some parts built on the sheer cliffs, so local people call it "Heavenly Ladder".  The "Heavenly Ladder"  is a path over a precipice, about 100 meters long and 3 or 4 feet wide, which crosses abysses about 500 meters deep. With nothing to hold on to, the slightest wind will make visitors tremble with scare. So visitors must climb with extreme care. No wonder the Great Wall at Simatai is described as "the greatest section of the whole Great Wall".

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Editor's Note: Simatai Great Wall is far from the city, about 4-hour driving, but it is well worth to visit, tree covered mountain, with the spring at the foot of the mountain, the wall is very precipitous. But we only recommend it to energic guys, especially the Beijing One Day Tour to Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall.    ----China Travel Shanghai (Please e-mail to tansy@chinatravelshanghai for more info)


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