Monday, February 7, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day: Great Wall of China, Simatai, China

This photo of a section of the Great Wall of China from the window of a turret, was taken in December 2003 at Simatai, 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) from Beijing. At the time, this was one of the best preserved and least visited parts of the Great Wall, but has since fallen into disrepair from a combination of lack of maintenance, harsh weather conditions and tourist traffic. Simatai was one of the best places to avoid the crowds and to get the most authentic view of the pre-tourist wall, but was closed in June 2010 by the Chinese government for major renovations which the government estimates will be completed in three years.    

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