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Lee Family Reunion 2006: China
A Tronkie Travellogue
Day 13: The Tombs of the Ming Emperors and the Great Wall of China

Morning: The Tombs of the Ming Emperors

Afternoon: The Great Wall of China



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Jun. 25th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Wow. I know someone else in China right now, I don't remember where she was, just that she was complaining about the heat in the internet cafe she was in. She was spending most of her time shopping there - I'm sure there's lots cool to buy, but with such an amazing opportunity, I would have thought she would be more enthusiastic to see some of the sites.
There's a lot of history there.

Beijing is not that far from Shang De is it? The old ruins of Kublai Khan's summer palace? I think it was called in a poem 'Xanadu' - I'm not sure of the historical significance of that place really, just that Xanada was also a program to try and store all of the world's knowledge in an electronic format or something, but some american guy. I won't drudge up links to that stuff, unless you're interested in that stuff.

Anyways, amazing pictures. That dam project though... some people mentioned to me about how lots of archeologically significant stuff might get washed away/ destroyed because of the flooding... something similar happened in Egypt I think. It would be cool if 'progress' did come so often at these kinds of costs... maybe an age of solar and wind power will help that.

looking forward to more pictures of your trip.
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Jun. 26th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
About an hour out from the city
I took a Claritin 24-hour tablet on Mon 19 Jun 2006 and another on Tue 20 Jun 2006. I was still sniffling for an hour on Monday (at the Forbidden City), and then it just stopped completely. I haven't needed a thing since.

It's about an hour's drive out. It's hard to remember, and believe, that the first outpost of the wall designed to keep the barbarian horde out of China lies only a couple days' ride north of the capital.

Jun. 26th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
The wall is amazing. Do you know if it is maintained in its entirety or has some fallen into ruin?
Jul. 1st, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
The Qin Dynasty Great Wall versus the Ming Dynasty Great Wall
According to the Wikipedia entry, there have been several Great Walls, culminating in the Ming Dynasty one built between 1368 and 1640, four years before the Ming Dynasty fell to the Manchurians.

Five major walls are distinguished, but only the last wall was a significant defensive fortification. The four earlier ones are 800-2200 years old and have indeed fallen into ruin. The Han Dynasty one you see in Mulan is, of course, a romanticization. This second wall was (as depicted in the film) much shorter than the Ming Dynasty wall, but it wasn't all built of stone. Unlike Hadrian's Wall, which had earth and turf ramparts, but was stone on one side, the older Great Walls had stone towers between sections of of rammed earth. The earthworks have mostly eroded in all of the pre-Song Dynasty structures.

Wikipedia relates here that:
While some portions near tourist centers have been preserved and even reconstructed, in many locations the Wall is in disrepair, serving as a playground for some villages and a source of stones to rebuild houses and roads. Sections of the Wall are also prone to graffiti. Parts have been destroyed because the Wall is in the way of construction sites. Intact or repaired portions of the Wall near developed tourist areas are often plagued with hawkers of tourist kitsch. The Gobi Desert is also encroaching on the wall in some places. Some estimates say that only 20% of the wall is in a good condition. In 2005, pictures of a rave party on the Great Wall surfaced in the Chinese media.

We went to the Tombs of the Thirteen Emperors (Shisanling) and Badaling, the most popular tourist station, which is also on of the better-kept ones.

Jun. 26th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
*awed* That's the kind of beauty that goes straight to the core of one's being. So beautiful. As if I needed further encouragement to visit China?

Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Bana! *hugs*
Jun. 27th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
You're most welcome!
Indeed, 'tis a place filled with beauty - and moreover, potential. I see some of the reasons my uncle came here now.

And you are more than welcome for the travellogue. That's why I wrote it; to share with my family and friends!

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