Simatai Great Wall in Miyun

Great Wall at Simatai

Great Wall at Simatai by Aaron Feen. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.

This is a section of the Great Wall of China located in the north of Miyun County, 120 km northeast of Beijing, holds the access to Gubeikou, a strategic pass in the eastern part of the Great Wall. Originally built during the Northern Qi dynasty (550-577) and rebuilt in the Hongwu years of the Ming dynasty by Qi Jiguang, this section of Great Wall is one of the few to retain the original features of the Ming dynasty Great Wall.

The Simatai Great Wall is currently closed to tourists, until at least 2012, for repair work. It is still possible to walk from here to the Jinshanling Great Wall. There is a new path which bypasses the beginning section of the original wall walk from Simatai to Jinshanling. This still remains an excellent choice of wall walk for those wanting to see some rustic unrestored sections of the wall.

Map showing location of Simatai Great Wall in Miyun

Above: Location of Simatai Great Wall in Miyun in Beijing, Beijing, China