Simatai Great Wall was built from 550-577 during the Northern Qi Dynasty and rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty. The Ming Dynasty spanned the years 1368-1644, and this part of the wall was redone in the Hongwu years by General Qi Jiguang. It is about three and a half miles long or 5.4 kilometers.
There are 35 beacon towers in this short stretch of the Great Wall. The highest point is 1,000 meters in elevation or 3,281 feet.
• 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.
Take bus No.980 to Miyun County from Beijing Dongzhimen Long Distance Bus Station to Miyun West Bridge Station and trade to Bus Line Mi 38 or 51 (or any neighborhood busses with sign "Miyun-Simatai") to Simatai Village Station. At that point stroll to the passageway of Gubei Water Town to board the shuttle busses. Then again after arriving at Miyun County, rent a nearby taxi to the water town.
• Admission Fee
CNY 40 (Children below 1.2m can visit for free, while children between 1.2m to 1.5m enjoy 50% off.)
CNY 110 for combo ticket of the Simatai Great Wall and Gubei Water Town
• Cable Car
CNY 120 (Round Trip); CNY 80 (Single Trip)
• Shuttle Bus To No. 2 Tower
• Opening Hours
09:00 - 18:00 (Summer); 09:00 - 17:00 (Winter)