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Simatai Great Wall

Simatai Great Wall
Simatai Great Wall

The Great Wall at Simatai is famous for being both slightly perilous and absolutely marvelous! This part of the wall is situated northeast of Beijing near Gubeikou Town in Miyun County. It is 19 km long with 35 watch towers and definitely not for those feeling unhealthy or unadventurous. But, this is a authentic and fascinating part of the wall. It is the only part of the Great Wall remaining that maintains its original Ming Dynasty appearance and has been listed by UNESCO as one of the most important cultural relics in the world.

Simatai Great Wall is divided by a pretty valley. The western part of the wall is relatively flat and the 20 watch towers atop the wall are in good condition. This is the part of the wall which is most photographed, said to resemble a golden dragon stretched out across the slope. The eastern part of the wall is even more spectacular but a little more steep and can (especially in the winter months), get quite slippery and dangerous so be careful and go prepared!. Along this stretch are 15 watch towers and a beautiful marble gate engraved with lotus flowers.From the top of this stretch there are fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and the city.

Simatai Great Wall also has a cable car for those who wish to avoid the demanding hike up the wall. Some call might this laziness, but others would call it wanting more time to enjoy the view!

This is certainly one of the most unspoiled areas of the wall, although this is bound to change soon. The first stalls and touts are already starting up shops, so make sure you get there soon! The Simatai Great Wall International Gliding Festival is held in June, a Cultural Festival is held in August and a Tower Climbing Competition in September.

The best time to visit is from May to October when the tracks well marked and the views spectacular.

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