In the beginning, there were walls, but not the Great Wall.
The walls were initially built by the three warring states
- Yan, Zhao and Qin - as their defensive fortifications.
It is only after the
unification of China, that the First Emperor Qin had
the walls joined together in order to fend off the invasions
from the Huns.
Stretching from east to west of China across deserts, grasslands,
mountains and plateaus, it is the largest man-made structure
in the world and the longest wall ever built on the planet.
A technological wonder and architectural marvel, it blends
into the natural setting in a majestic manner and on a massive
Crowned a chain of the undulating hills, the Great Wall
looks like a giant dragon with neither its head nor its tail
to be seen. In a way, it is the historical sequence of China
being manifested in a physical form: at some points it has
soared so high almost touching the sky; while in other sections
it would sink deeply into the shadowing bottom of the valley.
It is never a smooth run. But, it is successive.
And that is precisely the temperament of the Chinese civilisation.
With this in mind, when you travel eastwards from Miyun
county town (密云县城) to arrive at a small village called Quanshuihe
Cun (泉水河村) in the valley of Mt. Blue Dragon (青龙山), you can
positively say that you’ve been near the lowest point in
Chinese history. A narrow trail from there will lead you
to a one-metre wide gap, and once you squeeze past the gap,
you’ll find you’ve already on the Great Wall – that’s right,
without climbing a step.
Qiangzi Pass leading to the V section on
the Great Wall
It is there the Ming soldiers fought bloody battles against
Manchu invaders. The Ming lost, so did nearly everything
that it represented.
But not for long. When you look left and right, you’ll know
why: beyond this point, the sections at the both sides rise
up to reach a lofty height in the sky.
And that is why the Chinese people hold the Great Wall in
high esteem and incorporate it into the national anthem,
for it symbolising China's backbone, unfolding its past and
foreshadowing its future.
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