NileGuide Expert Says:
Although not as precipitous as Mutianyu Great Wall, Simatai does require some level of fitness to traverse. It is further from Beijing than some other sections, but affords better views of the surrounding hills than the Badaling section. Simatai is also generally quieter than Badaling, although it can still be busy during peak season.
101508 Beijing, China
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NileGuide Expert tip:
Hotels and hostels can make arrangements for this day-long excursion, including bus transportation and a post-hike meal. Beijing to Simatai is approximately three hours by car or bus.
Simatai Great Wall section is 5.4 km long and is located some 120 km from the centre of Beijing in Miyun County. There are 35 beacon towers along this section, and it marks one of the most strategically significant parts of the Great Wall. Simatai was built in the early part of the Ming Dynasty in the late 14th century, and is the only part of the wall to still have original Ming Dynasty features. Simatai has not been rebuilt in the same way as Badaling, and it is somewhat steeper and harder to climb. It is a good compromise between the touristy Badaling and the difficult Mutianyu, offering convenience, fair hiking and stunning views.