The Simatai Great Wall, two hours drive from Beijing in northeastern Miyun County, is renowned for its precipitous ... More
Simatai Great Wall
The Simatai Great Wall, two hours drive from Beijing in northeastern Miyun County, is renowned for its precipitous topography. Built by the Ming Dynasty general Qi Ji Guang, it is one of the few stretches of the Wall that still preserve the original construction features of that period. It not only incorporates differing characteristics from other Wall sections, but also displays some features not found elsewhere. To the west 20 watchtowers look out over gently sloping hills. To the east are 15 watchtowers atop peaks up to 1,000 meters high. The views are unparalleled.
During my 2007 National Day visit, the Wall at Simatai was not at all crowded. A very pleasant trip up to the wall, a friendly local lady to follow me the whole time offering advice and commentary :)), and wonderful views. This destination easily warrants many hours' time to walk and explore.
The drive to Simatai is also a great experience, with passenger vehicles, buses, donkey carts and lumbering trucks loaded with timber or livestock. Many interesting-looking restaurants along the way. And the drive leading up to the wall takes you through some really pleasant rural areas.
A very nice experience indeed.
I loved the fact that Simatai was not filled with tourists. The hike to the wall and up the wall was great. The sights are breathtaking and you fell inner peace. There was a zipline down that was a great end of the adventure. Can't wait to go back.