"How high must we build these walls Around the fields of paradise?"
Ricardo Pinto, (from The Chosen)
One visit to the spectacle that is The Great Wall of China and a person is easily left at a loss for words. Being one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, The Great Wall is a testament to the imagination and ingenuity of mankind. That being said, if the Great Wall of China were a hunk of beef, then Simatai would the Filet Mignon. Professor Luo Zhewen, a respected Great Wall historian, has been quoted as saying "The Great Wall is the best of the Chinese buildings, and Simatai is the best of the Great Wall."
Simatai is relatively untouched when compared to other more tourist friendly sections of the Great Wall such as Badaling and Mutianyu. Therein lies the beauty of Simatai. For the most part, Nature is the other thing to have touched Simatai in the nearly 1,500 years since it was built. This does translate into a far more adventurous if not treacherous experience but an experience that is unequivocally life changing and worthwhile.
"...Ain't that a nice view."
Mo (Mo'Betta) & Oz (Young Euro) a.k.a. The Sophistiques