Simatai, Great Wall of China

Simatai, a section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Miyun County, 120 km northeast of Beijing, holds the access to Gubeikou, a strategic pass in the eastern part of the Great Wall. It was closed in June 2010 but has been reopened to tourists in 2014.


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. UNESCO has designated Simatai Great Wall as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites as part of the Great Wall World Heritage Site.

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.

  • 司马台长城38河保护楼 - Simatai Great Wall 38, river fortification
  • 司马台长城37 - Simatai Great Wall 37
  • 司马台长城39河流 - Simatai Great Wall 39, river
  • 司马台长城36 - Simatai Great Wall 36
  • 司马台水库Great Wall in the valley at Simatai
  • The reservoir viewed from north, Simatai Great Wall Valley
  • 密云司马台长城 Simatai Great Wall in Miyun
  • Grande Muraille à Simatai
  • Grande Muraille à Simatai
  • Muralla China, Great Wall
  • Great wall at Simatai
  • 层岭尽染, - 司马台长城秋色, SiMaTai Great Wall
  • Simatai
  • Grande Muraille à Simatai
  • 司马台长城33 - Simatai Great Wall 33
  • Great Wall from Simatai


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