Admission Fee: CNY 65 (Mar. 16 - Nov. 15); CNY 55 (Nov. 16- the next Mar.15)
Cable Car Fee (Optional) : CNY 100 (round trip)
Opening Hours: 06:30-19:00 (In summer); 07:00-18:00 (In winter)
The Simatai Great Wall lies beside Gubeikou Town, in the northeast of Miyun County about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from Beijing. It stretches about three miles (five kilometers) from the Wangjing Tower in the east to Chuanhoukou in the west. The wall is celebrated for its steepness, queerness and intactness. Constructed under the supervision of Qi Jiguang, a famous general in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is the only part that still has the original appearance of the Ming Dynasty.
This section has 34 beacon towers, with 18 in the western part and 16 in the eastern part. The two parts are divided by a lake, named the Mandarin Duck Lake, which is fed by two springs. One spring is warm, the other is cold. Even in winter, the surface of the lake will never ice up. Based on this lake, the Gubei Water Town is built underneath the wall, so travelers can experience the beauty of water town and appreciate here the original as well as grand Great Wall at the same time.
The eastern part of the Wall has 16 watchtowers and was constructed on the steep ridge of the mountain. It looks like a winding dragon jumping out of the lake. Among them the distinctive towers are the Fairy Maiden Tower and the Wangjing Tower. The Fairy Maiden Tower is the No. 15 Tower, with some marble arches carved with lotus patterns. In order to reach the Fairy Tower, tourists must climb the 85-degree slope Stairway to Heaven which is about 328 feet (100 meters) long and allows only one person to pass at a time. It is said that the Fairy Tower was transformed from an antelope and that once the Lotus Flower Fairy lived there, hence its name. The No.16 tower is the Wangjing Tower, built on the highest part of the wall, with a height of about 3,281 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level. It is connected with Fairy Maiden Tower by the Heaven Bridge, built across a deep abyss. Standing on the Wangjing Tower one can see the skyline of Beijing City. The western part, linked with the eastern part by Chain Bridge, is smoother. Among the western towers, the Qilin Tower is famous.