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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.

Why Great Wall always Ranks First in Beijing

No matter when tourists come to Beijing, Great Wall is the must-visit place to enjoy and appreciate. For the unique history, culture and appearance, it is the most influential scenic spot. Why it attracts so loads of attention? Why it always rank the first among Beijing scenic spots?

Beijing Great Wall

Reason 1: Incomparable History
When relating to the history of Great Wall, it can be the most proud point. Excitement bounds regarding the vicissitude of Wall of the Qin, Han and Ming Dynasties. Originally built in the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods as a defensive fortification by the three states, Yan, Zhao and Qin, Great Wall went through constant extensions and repairs in later dynasties. Beginning as independent walls for different states, Great Wall was built when it did not become the Great wall until the Qin Dynasty. Just during Qin Dynasty, Emperor Qin Shihuang succeeded in his effort to have the walls joined together to fend off the invasions from the Huns in the north. After that, the Wall has served as a monument of the Chinese nation throughout history.

Reason 2: Unexpected Construction
The big feature of Great Wall is relying on the unexpected construction. That is to say the mystery of the construction of the wall is amazing. The construction, which drew heavily on the local resource for construction materials, was carried out in-line with the local conditions under the management of contract and responsibility system. This great wall is built by a great army of manpower, soldiers, prisoners and local people. From the great construction, you can see the wisdom and tenacity of Chinese people.

Reason 3: Chinese Traditional Rooted Culture
In the culture aspect, Great Wall plays a very important role as a considerable part of Chinese culture. It has long been incorporated into Chinese mythology and symbolism. The most well-known legend is about the collapse of a section of the Wall caused by Mengjiangnv, who cried bitterly over the death of her husband after he died while building the wall. In the modern days, this legendary story is still spreading in the tourists, impressive, interesting and meaningful! In addition, there are many explanation TV programs about Great Wall to convey the ideas and themes. Among them, many stories and legends are still impressing people to record Chinese history.

Chinese Great Wall was born to be a success and a legend. We should inherit this kind of spirit to protect them!

Experience Autumn Mountain Scenery

Nowadays Beijing has received loads of tourists for autumn view appreciating. Among the natural scenic spots, Yunfeng Mountain ranks the first.

Beijing Yunfeng Mountain

Feature of Yunfeng Mountain
Located in the north bank of Miyun Reservoir, Yunfeng Mountain is endowed to the unique charming and tranquility. It is within the embrace of two great landmarks - Simatai Great Wall and the Yunmengshan National Forest Park. The best feature is the pleasant climate all the year around. So, it becomes an ideal place for enjoying autumn holiday. Once entry into this area, you can feel unique golden colors and the sparkling sceneries, trees, grasses and wild flowers. Even though it is in the autumn, they are still showing the best blossoming. This mountain is a unique elevation containing a large variety of oddly-shaped stones. Covered by lush grass and trees virtually the entire year, the peak is steep and wondrous jutting upright into the sky. Climbing on the top, you can easily overlook Miyun Reservoir which likes a bright pearl.

Treasures of Yunfeng Mountain
In addition to appreciate the golden landscapes, there are many other compelling sights in the scenic area including Chaosheng Temple, Maya Stone Inscriptions and Chaoyang Cave, etc. Built during Sui and Tang Dynasties, this ancient temple echoes forests and forms a harmonious spot, a rarity in bustling Beijing. Behind the temple, it is the oldest and largest Moya Stone Inscriptions in Beijing which refer to the characters carved on the natural rocks. The imposing twelve groups of inscriptions are well preserved and every character is about one meter in size, reflecting great value of calligraphy art and cultural relic appreciation. Measuring about twelve meters deep, six meters wide and seven meters high, Chaoyang Cave is a natural granite cave attracting people's attention. The scenic mountain road from Chaosheng Temple to Chaoyang Cave ends with 110 steps leading up the cave. In the middle of this cave, there is the Kwan-yin statue, accompanied by two similar statues of fairies. What the most attractive is there is a natural giant formation on the grayish-white walls of the cave.

Enjoying the charming autumn scenery at the top of Yunfeng Mountain is a breathtaking experience! The toll of the temple bell in the morning and the drumbeats at dusk only serve to enhance the feeling. If you like, join us!

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