Simatai Great Wall

Simatai Great Wall

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Simatai Great Wall, 110 kilometres northeast of Beijing, has 135 watchtowers. The 19-kilometre wall is dangerous to climb but splendid to view as it meanders up and down the mountain ridges that seem to have been sliced on both sides by a huge axe. The Wangjinglou watchtower on a steep cliff 986 metres above sea level is the summit of the Simatai Great Wall and also the most dangerous place to reach, because the visitor must walk over some unrepaired paths, including the “scaling ladder” and “overline bridge” before reaching it. The “scaling ladder” is a slope at an angle of 60-70 degrees: the visitor must climb on all fours and be extremely careful. The “overline bridge” is a path about 100 metres long and less than one metre wide which crosses abyssess about 500 metres deep. With nothing to hold on to, the slightest wind will make the visitor tremble with fear. Because of the dangers involved in reaching Wangjinglou, only a few people have ever set foot on the tower in modern times.

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