Simatai Great Wall

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Simatai Great Wall

Features: ruined, precipitous, original, preserved
Hiking Area: east section 12 towers, west section 12 towers
Hiking Time: 2 - 3 hours for each section
Hiking Level: intermediate
Cable car: available
Distance: 140km from the downtown Beijing

After simple breakfast, we take a short break before we start our final trek on our 5-day Great Wall hike tour. Our last hike for this morning is focused on the east section of the Simatai Great Wall - 12 towers. Actually there are totally 16 watch towers distributed on the Simatai Great Wall snaking the ridge of the steep mountain. The 13th-16th towers are forbidden to hike due to their steepness and treacherousness. If you don't have strong legs, you may take the cable car up to an open place close to the 8th tower ( White Cloud Tower ), then climb up or climb down the Great Wall, or again you may choose to take the cable car back to the ground. For most Simatai Great Wall lovers, people prefer to hike up the Great Wall, then take the cable car down.

Panoramic view of the east section of the Simtai Great Wall
Yesterday when we hiked to the end of the west section of the Simatai Great Wall from the Jinshanling Great Wall, we found a good spot for taking a panoramic picture of the east section of the Simatai Great Wall as below:

No.01 Tower
The Mandarin Duck Lake cuts the Simatai Great Wall into two parts - east part and west part. The two parts are linked by a suspension bridge. Yesterday we walked across the suspension bridge from the west Simatai to the first tower and the second tower of the east Simatai Great Wall.
Yesterady we hiked through the second tower of the east Simatai, then walked to our lodging hotel - Great Wall Hotel. So today, again we have to walk back to the entrance to the Great Wall at the second tower. The walk from our hotel or from the main gate to the Simatai Great Wall Scenic Area takes about 30 minutes, a little bit challenging too.

No.02 Tower
Today we start with the second watch tower. The second tower is quite ruined and uncleared. Yesterday we hiked from the first tower to the second tower and the steps are very steep.