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Tips for Exploring Wild Simatai Great Wall

The Great Wall has long been the most popular Chinese sight for visitors to Beijing. Aside from the well-restored sections like Badaling and Mutianyu, some wild section of the Great Wall has become more and more popular. For those who want to go explore the Great Wall at Simatai, here are some useful tips for you.

Simatai Great Wall

How to Find Simatai
Located in Miyun County, 120 miles from Beijing city, Simatai Great Wall boasts five feats, like danger, density, wonder, deftness and completeness. 5.4 miles long, with 35 Watch Towers, Simatai Great Wall stands out in terms of design and structure. As the prime part of Great Wall, it is the only part which has best reserved the Great Wall from Ming dynasty. And it has been listed into World Heritage List. There are many buses and coaches available in Beijing, which rides between Simatai and the city proper. Or you can negotiate a price with a taxi driver to drive you there and get back. Alternatively, you can rent a car for your trip to Simatai. Anyway, there are many ways to find Simatai Great Wall.

Highlight to Explore at Simatai
The highest point of Simatai Great Wall is Xiannv Tower which can be reached only by climbing up the Ladder of Heaven. 100 meters high, with a slope of 85 degrees, Ladder of Heaven has become an unconquerable part for those visitors. Looking up, those stone steps can only hold two feet, with steep cliffs on both sides. This makes the Ladder of Heaven look more like a thin thread than a ladder. And mere glimpse of this vertical ladder makes some people shudder and recoil. The surrounding views are breathtakingly imposing and extraordinary. Looking down the cliffs, they all look like being cut by axe or knife and more steep and thrilling with some mist floating around them. The Watch Towers are all standing in different shapes and sizes. And they were all erected upon the high points of the mountains, looking magnificent and imposing. The whole Simatai Great Wall stands in perfect harmony with the surroundings. Standing on Simatai Great Wall and looking afar, the imposing Yanshan Range zigzags along and the broad North China Plain stretches to the end of the sky. At the time, you will be filled with some mixed feelings. You may feel you have been brought into a wonderland.

Overall, you will have a lot of fun with a trip to Simatai Great Wall.

Tips for Muslim Culture Tour in Beijing

Nowadays more and more tourists come to Beijing for researching the special Muslim culture. They always hold curiosity feeling and mysterious imagination to the Islamic. So, during your Muslim visit in Beijing, I would like to share you some useful tips.

Beijing Muslim Culture

Respect Their Behaviors
Perhaps, during your Beijing tour, just walking on the street, you can see the Muslim people dressing unique clothes with veil, even it is the hot days. For this kind of phenomenon, most of the tourists will be curious and gossip with their friends and families. In fact, you have created heavy hurt to them and their culture. The Muslim people dressed thick clothes and wear and veil, because they pay much attention on their privacy. Especially the Muslim women, they dressed like this for protecting their skin exposure. Even some people are curious about their language and their greeting styles. No matter which aspect, they have cultivated their own culture and life habits. We should respect them and keep the idea of we are the same!

Taste of Muslim Food
If you want to enjoy the Muslim food to understand Muslim culture, Beijing also can satisfy your desire. The most famous one restaurant is Hong Bin Lou. This restaurant has enjoyed a high fame for more than 150 years. With a large scale area, this restaurant has greeted many tourists from home and abroad. The recommended dishes here are Braised Shark Fin Sliced Chicken, Stewed Sheep Head with Sauce in Casserole and so on. On point you should get, for the Muslim dining, pork is taboo. So, during your Muslim food enjoy, you should respect their eating culture.

Deep Understand Islamic Knowledge
For researching the Islamic knowledge, the best place will be the Beijing Niujie Mosque. This mosque has a long history more than a thousand years. It has greeted Muslims all over the world to worship. The big feature of this place is there are no human or animal figures among these decorations as these are considered taboo in Islam. For visiting this mosque, there are 3 important tips. You should dress proper. If your dressing style is too short, then you are forbidden to enter into. For the Prayer Hall, only the Muslim people are admitted. Last one is you should check the information in advance for some palaces are not opened to the public!

Tips for Exploring Beijing Drum and Bell Tower

There are plenty of historic sights worth exploring in Beijing. Aside from the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, the Drum and Bell Tower is also worth a visit while in Beijing. Here are some details about the towers to give you a better understanding to these two landmarks in Beijing.

Beijing Drum Tower

Drum Tower in Beijing
In recent years, Beijing Drum Tower has stood out among the attractions in Beijing as a popular spot. Located in Dianmen Street, Beijing Drum Tower used to be sophisticated time-indication equipment. This tower was designed fully in line with the ancient timing systems. These systems have remained a myth for quite a long while. After they were unveiled, people were shocked by their advance and sophistication. It is said that the frequency of tolling indicates what time it is. If you ever come down to Beijing Drum Tower, you can try to tell time by looking at it and compares the result with your watch. It will be a lot of fun and much of a challenge. And after that, if you feel you are up for this challenge, then go ahead and give it your best shot. In history, Beijing Drum Tower had been burned down and rebuilt again by the emperors. In 1957, it was rated as Beijing Heritage Unit. In 1984, it was renovated and opened to the public in 1987. In 1996, it was appraised as National Key Heritage Unit. Now, Beijing Drum Tower has attracted millions of people.

Bell Tower in Beijing
Nowadays, Beijing Bell Tower has become a landmark in Beijing. Every year, millions of people flood into this old building. Located in Dongcheng District, Beijing Bell Tower was founded in 1420 and burned down later. In 1745, it was rebuilt and renovated in Qing dynasty. This renovation was recorded on the tablet within the middle gate. Beijing Bell Tower was rebuilt with stones in case of fire disaster. Standing on this old tower, you will get a hold of the panorama of Beijing city. Beijing Bell Tower has enjoyed a long history and witnessed a lot of historic events in China. It has become an important part of Beijing city. It has enriched and promoted Beijing tourism. A considerable amount of tourists have set their feet here and left their footprints. You will find something special here and even if you left, the memory of it will still linger in your mind. This trip will bring you an unforgettable experience.

With the above-mentioned info, you will make the most out of your trip to the Drum and Bell Tower while in Beijing.

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