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Simatai Great Wall

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Overview
Lying in the Gubeikou Town northeast of Miyun County about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Beijing, the Simatai Great Wall stretches about five kilometers (three miles) from the Wangjinglou Tower in the east and connects to the Jinshanling Great Wall in the west. It has 35 beacon towers. Constructed under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a famous general in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is the only part of the Great Walls that still has the original appearance of the Ming Dynasty.

Highlight Of Simatai Great Wall
The Simatai Great Wall is celebrated for its steepness, queerness and intactness. The main tourist attractions include the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjing Tower.

The Simatai Great Wall is divided into eastern and western parts by a lake, named the Mandarin Duck Lake, which is fed by two springs. One is warm, the other is cold. Even in winter, the surface of the lake will never ice up.

The eastern part of the Wall has 15 watchtowers and was constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain. It looks like a winding dragon jumping out of the lake. There tourists can appreciate the Stairway to Heaven, the Fairy Tower, the Heaven Bridge and the Wangjinglou Tower.

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In order to reach the Fairy Tower, tourists must climb the 85 degree slope Stairway to Heaven which is about 100 meters (328 feet) long and allows only one person to pass. Legend has it that the Fairy Tower was transformed from an antelope and that once the Lotus Flower Fairy lived there, hence its name. On the tower, there are some marble arches carved with lotus patterns.

With a height of about 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) above sea level, the Wangjinglou Tower is built on the highest part of the Great Wall. Between the Fairy Tower and the Wangjinglou is the Heaven Bridge, built across a deep abyss. Standing on the Wangjinglou Tower one can see the outline of Beijing City.

Compared with eastern part of the wall, the western part is smoother. One can enjoy the intact pack walls, crenels, and kylin, animal and flower embossments.

Simatai also offers a wide range of activities. Tourists can go boating, swimming or fishing in the Mandarin Duck Lake. Besides, to taste the local authentic "peasant food" is also a good pastime. Simatai Great Wall Mountain Villa in the scenic area is a traditional Chinese courtyard which offers good board and accommodation. Visitors can also go there to enjoy traditional Chinese musical instrument performance.

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Information
Admission Fee: CNY 40
Cable Way: CNY 50 (Round Trip); CNY 30 (One Way)
Reach the 8th gate tower in the eastern section
Trolley to the Peak:CNY 30 (Round Trip); CNY 20 (One Way)
Slippery Rope plus Boat: CNY 35
Boat: CNY 10 

Transportation
1.Beijing Hub of Tour Dispatch has tourist buses to Simatai Great Wall.
09:00 (Monday - Friday) The south side of the embrasured watchtower in Qianmen
07:30 – 08:30 (Saturday and Sunday) Xuanwumen Dispatch Branch Center
(Exit B, Subway Line 2, the northeast corner of Xuanwumen Road) 

Monday to Friday
Less than five people: CNY 300 per adult and CNY 280 per student;
Five to eleven People: CNY 220 per adult and CNY 220 per student;
Twelve or more people: CNY 160 per adult and CNY 140 per student 

Warm Prompt
1. Badly out of repair for years, Simatai Great Wall is noted for its great danger. Simatai Reservoir divides it into the two sections (eastern and western) which are connected by a suspension bridge. Cable car can reach the 8th gate tower in the eastern section. For safety concerns and the protection of the wild wall, visitors are only allowed to climb to No.12 gate tower in the eastern section. Do be careful when you are with kids.

2. Prepare enough water. The water is sold almost at every gate tower. But a bottle of water of 500 ml will charge visitors about CNY 10, which is much more expensive than the normal price.

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Mosted Asked Questions about Simatai Great Wall

1. How to Get to Simatai Great Wall from Beijing?

Simatai Great Wall is located in Gubeikou town in the north of Miyun District, Beijing, close to Gubei Water Town, 120 kilometers away from Beijing.

By car/taxi
Drive to Jingcheng Expressway and get to Simatai exit 2km away.

By Bus
1)Take bus No. 980 at Dongzhimen bus hub, get off at Miyunxi Bridge station, and transfer to No. 51 to Gubei Water Town.

2)Direct bus: take bus No.942 and No.855 in the north of Dongzhimen hub station. It is expected to go to Gubei Water Town in 120 minutes, then transfer to Simatai Great Wall. Ticket price: CNY 48/person for one way.

2. Is the Simatai Great Wall worth to visit?

In 2012, the great wall of Simatai was rated as "The top 25 sceneries not to be missed in the world" by the times. Although it is 120 kilometers away from the downtown area of Beijing, it is one of the scenic spots that Beijing should never miss. It is the only ancient Great Wall in China that has always kept its original appearance.

3. Do we need to book the tickets in advance to get to Simatai Great Wall?

1) Simatai Great Wall and Gubei water town are connected, many tourists choose to buy direct tickets to visit these two places at the same time. If you want to play like this, you no need to book tickets for Simatai Great Wall in advance.

2) If you are not interested in Gubei water town and just want to visit Simatai Great Wall, you must book a ticket one day in advance.


4. Can we Hike from Simatai Great Wall to Jinshanling Great Wall?

The scenic hike from Jinshanling to the west section of Simatai Great Wall  is favored by many Great Wall hikers. Unfortunately, now the stretch from Jinshanling to Simatai is still unopened mainly due to the closure of the west section of Simatai Great Wall.

5. Why choose Simatai Great Wall?

It was ranked first in the list of the 'World's Top 25 Scenic Spots' by the Times newspaper in 2012. Simatai Great Wall is the only great wall open at night, which can definitely bring you unparalleled experience.

6. When is the best time to Simatai Great Wall?

The best time to visit Simatai Great Wall is April, May, September, or October. The weather is very comfortable for visitors. With lush plants covering the mountain, the winding wall looks like a dragon lying on a green sea. In October, red leaves cover the all over the ridge, which is very fantastic.

7. Is there any other scenic spot near Simatai Great Wall?

Simatai Great Wall is located in Miyun County, 120km northeast of Beijing’s city center. In Miyun County, you can also visit Changyu Chateau Beijing, Yumenshan Great Wall , Gubeikou Great Wall as well as Jinshanling Great Wall.

8. How to reserve a ticket online for Simatai Great Wall?

Visitors need to go to the official website of Simatai Great Wall to reserve a ticket. Tickets must be reserved at least one day and a maximum of ten days in advance.

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