Regarded as the sprite essence of the Great Wall of China, Simatai section is a remarkable place for traveling, hiking and exploration. The Simatai section of the Great Wall is one of the few sections to retain the original appearance of the Great Wall of China. Simatai Great Wall has been acknowledged by the UNESCO as one of the World Cultural Heritages with its fantastic scenery and precipitous topography. The Simatai hiking tour is often described with the following five words: steepness, compactness, queerness, wonderfulness and comprehensiveness. Simatai Great Wall is located in Gubeikou town to the north-east of Miyun County, Beijing, about 120 Kilometers from the city center. It will take around three hours, drive to arrive there. So you have to get up early in the morning if you plan to take a trip to Simatai. However, you will find it worth your tour finally.
Simatai Great Wall was built during Ming Dynasty under the direction of General Qi Jiguang. It was of utmost significant to the defense of Beijing and still remains intact despite its great age. It is about 5.5km in length and fortified by about 35 watchtowers, connecting with Jinshanling Great Wall to the west. The main travel attractions include: Stairway to Heaven, Fairy Tower, Heaven Bridge and the Wangjinglou Tower. Regarded as an excellent example of China Great Wall, Simatai has many unique characteristics. Its beautiful natural scenery and dramatic landscape make Simatai hiking tours fantastic and appealing. A famous Great Wall travel specialist said: "The Great Wall is the best of Chinese architecture, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall of China". So take a trip to Simatai to witness in person the magnificence and glory of this man-made masterpiece.
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