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Published on : Wednesday, November 13, 2013
A 45-year-old, Shanghai woman, surnamed Dai, from Huangpu district, died on Saturday after falling down a 400-meter cliff while exploring a particularly dangerous part of the Great Wall in Beijing with an independently organized outdoors group.
The woman fell around 4:30 pm while she was trying to climb down a narrow 70-degree decline on top of the wall. Some of the 22 other people who joined the group searched for Dai after they called the police, the Beijing Morning Post reported. Three rescue teams came to their assist. Dai’s body was found leaning against a tree surrounded by broken branches around 8:55 pm.
Cheng Shulin, a guide, said, Dai joined the group while on a business trip to Beijing. He organized a separate 125-person group to the same section of the wall on the same day. The section, known as the Simatai Great Wall, which dates back to the Ming Dynasty stretches 5,400 meters across Yanshan Mountain. Cheng said he advises inexperienced hikers not to join trips to the Simatai Great Wall.
A forest ranger had stopped the groups from approaching the Great Wall Saturday, because Yanshan Mountain has been closed due to concerns about forest fires, Cheng said. However, the groups ignored the warning. It was not the first time that amateur adventurers have gotten into trouble on the Simatai Great Wall.
An employee from the Miyun County Tourism Bureau said the Simatai Great Wall has been closed for renovations involving the nearby Gubei Water Town tourist attraction in Miyun County.