Towers of Simatai
Tower for Viewing the Capital (Tower No. 15)
At an elevation of 986 meters, it is regarded as the summit of the Simatai Great Wall. It is said that in a clear day one can see the lights of Beijing shimmering in the distance 120 km away.
Fairy (Angel’s) Tower (Tower No. 14):
With a sculpture of twin lotus flowers above the arched doors, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all towers and is known for its architecture. Legend goes that it was the dwelling place for an antelope reincarnated in the form of an angel who fell in love with a shepherd nearby.
Stairway to the Heaven:
Climbing the mountainside at a steep 85-degree gradient, the Stairway to the Heaven is the only way to the Tower for Viewing Capital and the Fairy Maiden Tower. Stretching upward along the abrupt mountain ridges, the narrowest part is just 30 centimeters wide.
As little as 40 centimeters wide in places, this 100-meter long segment of the wall connects the Fairy Tower to the Tower for Viewing Capital. It is said that only brave man, or foolish man, can traverse the Sky Bridge.
At Tower No. 5,
At the northern window in the eastern wall, you can find the original bricks carrying inscriptions of the date on which they were made and the code numbers of the armies that made them. You can walk up the wall by foot or by chairlift. By walking way you will start hiking the wall from Tower No. 2 and straight up to Tower 13. By chairlift you reach Tower 5 or 8, then continue the hiking to the end of Tower 13. For those who have exercise often can do the hiking up and down by the same way, otherwise take the charilift up and then come down by foot. Remember, try the zip line (flyingfox) when coming down, it’s a lot of fun.
Normally when you book a sightseeing tour to Simatai, you will do the Simatai East section of 13 towers. Fo those who want to do a hiking between Simatai and Jinshanling, they will hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West or reverse the route.
Camping on the wall, fishing and swimming in the lake are not allowed.