Legend had it that a county named Eternal Clarity (永清县)
located halfway between Beijing and Tianjin was
once a bloody battle field a thousand years ago. The conflicts
lasted for around 200 years between the Northern Song Dynasty
and nomadic Tartars who kept attacking the Middle Kingdom.
It is said that of 55 villages in the area, 36 reflect this
piece of history in their names, from Tartar’s barracks (鞑子营)
to Marshal Han’s Alter (韩台).
The Song was the most intellectually and scholarly-oriented
Dynasty in Chinese, and probably, in the world history, but
militarily weak, while Tartars are known for being a potent
war machine. Then how on earth these two peoples a world
apart in terms of martial strength could be locked in stalemate
for two centuries?
The secret lies in the
Great Wall, as it is now believed. Which is not the
Great Wall standing on the ground that the world all know,
but the Great Wall hidden underground that even Chinese
didn’t realise, until very recently.
To call it a Great Wall is not quite precise, as it is more
a tunnel than a wall; in fact it is not A tunnel, but a complicated
spatial matrix covering 1,600 square kilometers of area that
forms an invisible world under.
It might be hidden forever from the world's view if on a
particular day in 1951 the floor in a farm house in the area
did not suddenly collapse, revealing a secret world beneath.
The initial exploration by the locals discovered a hall approximately
150 sqms of floor space directly under the farm house. In
the hall there is a huge kang (bed stove), on the kang there
are lamps, in the lamps there are candles, and some of the
candles are half-burnt. Around the hall there are dozens
of doors, and behind each door is a winding passageway linking
to more doors and more halls.
But it had to wait until 37 years later in 1988, an official
investigation took place and the magnificent shadow world
Chinese military historians regard this invisible Great
Wall as having an equal importance in defending China from
outside attacks as the visible Great Wall.
Bridge Is Emerging
Chinese Netizen on a Showman's No-show Act