Simatai Great Wall is a relatively short span (5.4 kilometers) of the Great Wall that situated near the town of Gubeikou, roughly 120 kilometers northeast of Beijing. Simatai Great Wall is bordered to the west by Jinshanling Great Wall. After the Simatai section, which is considered the easternmost part of the Beijing area of the Great Wall, the wall swings southward, snaking east and west until it reaches Jiangjun Pass, about 40 kilometers, as the crow flies, due south of the Simatai section of the Great Wall. Like most of the other sections of the Great Wall, the Simatai section was refortified by General Qi Jiguang during the reign (CE 1572-1620) of the Wanli emperor, Emperor Shenzhong of the Ming (CE 1368-1644) Dynasty.
With 15 watch towers in the east and 20 watch towers in the west, Simatai Great Wall divided by a lake, named the Mandarin Duck Lake, which is fed by two springs, one is warm, and the other is cold. Even in winter time the lake never ices up. Both sections are linked up by a suspension bridge. Today there’s a zip line (flying fox) over the lake for travelers to slide down quickly. The hills in the west are sloping gently with well-maintained towers, and the wall is winding on the hills like a golden dragon with majestic vigor. The towers are densely dotted in the eastern section and covered the peaks thousand meters high. Major attractions in the east include the Tower for Viewing the Capital, Fairy (Angel’s) Tower, Stairway to the Heaven and Sky Bridge. Unfortunately, these places closed to the public due to safety concerns.
* Transport: Private Car/Bus
* Meals: Countryside-style food at local farmer’s restaurant
* Guide: English speaking, highly trained professional local guide
* Entrance fees: Simatai Great Wall
* Travel insurance
* local facilities: Cable car, chairlift, toboggan (slideway) and flyingfox (zipline).
* Personal expenses
* Tipping of hiking guide/driver recommended on good service