Sunday, April 13, 2008
Great Wall, Simatai
The wall took centuries and millions of men to build, and was guarded by over one million soldiers.
Here, at Simatai, is one of the Great Wall´s most dramatic cliffside exposures. Reconstruction is underway here but slow, leaving much of the original structure to explore. The hike is breathtaking in all directions and magnificent views of the wall are all around. The downside is a hair raising highway experience to get to Simatai, which is about 100 miles from Beijing and thus much farther than the most common viewing area at Badaling.