The Great Wall

M. A. Aldrich

in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9789622097773
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207585 | DOI:
The Great Wall

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The Great Wall of Ten Thousand Miles is a destination that cannot be omitted from any trip to China. The Great Wall starts from the seacoast at the Pass of the Mountains and Seas on the Bo Hai Gulf and continues towards the Tibetan highlands passing through four provinces as well as Peking and Tianjin municipalities. While it conjures images of antiquity, the Great Wall also was the basis for a delightful urban myth in the 1980s. During the Warring States Period, the various kingdoms in China built extended walls as a tactical defense. Qin Shi implemented this construction project with a vigorous adherence to schedules and brutal treatment for infractions. The three most commonly visited portions of the Great Wall are at Ba Da Ling, Mu Tian Yu, and Si Ma Tai. Both Mu Tian Yu and Si Ma Tai entail a long day trip from Peking, and the trips themselves are worth the effort.

Keywords: Great Wall of Ten Thousand Miles; Ba Da Ling; Mu Tian Yu; Si Ma Tai; Peking; Bo Hai Gulf; Tianjin; Qin Shi

Chapter.  2216 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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