The Great Wall at Simatai is quiet
and natural, virtually unreconstructed. Most people
consider Simatai the most beautiful section of the Great
Wall. It is beautiful, but its main aesthetic attraction
is its state of ruin. This is how the Great Wall really
looks 500 years after the Ming constructed it. Simatai
is also a paradise for hikers and hill walkers, with
its dramatic natural scenery.
After visiting the Simatai Great Wall,
the UNESCO officials were convinced and agreed to list it
as one of the World Heritage.
Enthusiasts, who like to study military
architecture, find much to interest them along this 20 kilometer
barrier as it appears to dance from east to west over the
mountain ridges interrupted only by the presence of the Simatai
reservoir that divides it in two. Here, those who are keenly
interested can study and compare a wide range of watchtowers,
blockhouses and platforms representative of the many styles
to be found along the Great Wall.