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Simatai Great Wall

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Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Introduction to Simatai Great Wall (司马台长城)

Simatai Great Wall is located in Miyun County which is 120 kilometers from Beijing. It is the only section of the Great Wall that has preserved the original Ming Dynasty architecture. Simatai was first constructed in the 6th century and later rebuilt by General Qi Jiguang of the Ming Dynasty. This section is 5.4 kilometers in length and has 35 beacon towers and the steepness of the wall is the distinctive features of Simatai. In 1987 Simatai Great Wall was enlisted into UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Simatai can be divided into two sections the east and the west due to a valley which now connects both sections with a chain bridge. The western section is characterized with 20 watchtowers with the notable General’s Tower that has a Jade Kylin embossment. The eastern section of Simatai is extremely steep and therefore more watchtowers were built to ensure safety. The Fairy Tower is perhaps one of the highlights of the eastern section due to its detailed marble arches with intricately carved lotus flowers.

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Simatai is located near Gubeikou which is 120 kilometers northeast of Beijing.

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Main Sights

Fairy Tower, Heavenly Ladder, Sky Bridge and General’s Tower

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Travel Information

Admission CNY 40
Cable Car Round Trip CNY 50 
Cable Car Single Trip CNY 30 
Shuttle Bus Single Trip CNY 20 
Shuttle Bus Round Trip CNY 30 
Strop Ropeway & Cruise CNY 35
Cruise CNY 10
Note: Children that are below 1.2 meters get in for free. Those who are 1.2 -1.4 meters in height pay for a half price ticket. 

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1. You can take No.980 bus from Dongzhimen to Miyun West Bridge Station, then take bus Mi 38 or 51 to Simatai Village Station.
2. Each year between April and October there are coach services from Beijing’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception square. 

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Travel Tips 

Today Simatai is one of the most famous sections of the “Wild Great Wall” where hiking is one of the top choices for tourists. One of the most popular hiking routes amongst hikers is from Jinshanling to Simatai West where the scenery is absolutely magnificent. 

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Tour including Visiting Simatai Great Wall

Beijing Gubei Water Ancient Town and Great Wall Simatai 2 Days Tour

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