Originally built during the Northern Qi dynasty (550–577) and rebuilt in the Hongwu years of the Ming dynasty.
Simatai Great Wall is 5.4 km long with 35 beacon towers. This section of the Great Wall incorporated the different characteristics of each section of the Great Wall. A specialist on the Great Wall, Professor Luo Zhewen, has said “The Great Wall is the best of the Chinese buildings, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall.” UNESCO has designated Simatai Great Wall as one of the World Cultural Heritage sites.
Simatai Great Wall is separated by a valley into eastern and western parts. The western part appears gentle with 20 well-preserved watchtowers dotting along the wall. The eastern part is much steeper, following more rugged terrain that includes cliff edges and kilometre-high peaks.
Hanging precariously onto the Yanshan Mountain, Simatai Great Wall is known for its steepness. Open Air Gondolas provide a way to ascend partway up the wall. The 17 watchtowers are relatively closely spaced and provide spectacular views.
- Tower 12- the last accessible tower, generally manned by a guard preventing access to the more dangerous sections further on.
- Tower 14 – Cat’s Eyes Tower (Mao Yan Lou)
- Heavenly Ladder: Climbing the mountainside at a steep 80-degree gradient, the Heavenly Ladder leads to the Fairy Maiden Tower. Stretching upward along the abrupt mountain ridges, the narrowest part is just half a meter wide.
- Tower 15 – Fairy Tower (Xian Nu Lou): With a sculpture of twin lotus flowers above the arched doors, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all towers and is known for its architecture. Legend has it that it was the dwelling place for an antelope reincarnated in the form of an angel who fell in love with a shepherd.
- Sky Bridge: As little as 40 centimeters wide in places, this 100-meter-long segment of the wall connects the Fairy Tower to Watching Beijing Tower.
- Tower 16 – Watching Beijing Tower (Wang Jing Lou): At an elevation of 986 meters, it is regarded as the summit of the Simatai Great Wall as well as the highest cultural relic in Beijing. Its name comes from the fact that at night (with good visibility), one can see the lights of Beijing shimmering in the distance 120 km away. The bricks used to build the walls here even stamped with the date on which they were made and the code numbers of the armies that made them.
- Tower 17 – Ju Xian Lou – accessible from the East, from the village of Tangjiazhai
However this section of the Wall was closed since 2010.It seems the developer in charge of renovating Simatai has instead purchased the Simatai property only to focus on building a Suzhou-style watertown called “Gubei Watertown”. Until now there are 10 watchtowers of the Simatai Great Wall are open to the public. Now it is more like a Resort, including 2 five star hotels,6 botique hotels, 400 houses ,shops and restaurants.Although all these commerical buildings made this section more touristy ,however the Great Wall itself never lost its characteristics.On Simatai’s official website shows,private tourists visit Simtai section need to make a reservation online ,we do have tourists been there without reservation.So if you want to book this tour it is better to let us know in advance.
Simatai Great Wall Tours