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Travel Guide
Travel Guide

Chinese often say:"The man who have not climbed The Great Wall is not the true man." The Great Wall has become the head key point of interest in China because of its tremendous majestic appearance and its irradiant treasure of the Chinese archaic civilization. It's the embodiment of the Great power and strong purpose of Chinese people.

The Great Wall is 6700 kilometers in length. Appearing as a long, serpentine dragon climbs up and down, runs east to west, twists and turns along the high mountain ridges and desert, and crosses five provinces. It's maked up of city gates, circumvallations, enemy towers, signal beacon towers and so on, it was the martial recovery engineering system of the different place and nations in China Long time ago. It was built through several thousands years by Chinese people.
 

The section at Badaling is the most famous of all due to its proximity to Beijing City and condition of restoration. Badaling Great wall was built in the 18th year of the Ming Hong Zhi reign (1505). The wall, built with high stone slabs on the outside, is 7.8 meters high on the average, some even reaches 8.4meters. The base of the wall was built with more than 2000 large rectangular slab of granite stones. It is about 6.5 meters wide on the average at its base and 5.7 meters wide on the average on the ramparts. The wall is wide enough for five horses to gallop abreast and ten people to advance shoulder to shoulder. The outside of the wall is called rampart wall. The rampart wall was built with bricks 1.7 meters high. Built for the purpose of defense, there are holes on the tip of the wall called watch-hole, and peepholes under the wall called embrasures. Inside of the wall, there are low walls with one meter high called parapets, which can be used as railings. There is a scroll door not far from the inside wall, with is a stone ladder for climbing up and down.
 

The wall is narrow on the top and broad on the bottom forming an ladder-shape structure. This made the wall stands firmly on the rise and fall ridges. The wall was built with 10-14 rectangular slab of stones surrounding its outside, filled with soils and stones in the middle, and paved with square bricks on the top between the bricks were stuck with lime stones. This makes the wall tidy, beautiful, and firm. There are gutters with gargoyles to drain rain-water off the parapet wall.
 

The landscape of Badaling Great Wall is entirely different in each season, with numerous scenery to catch your attention. A sunlit and enchanting scene of spring, with the valley covered with greens. When the rain from mountain comes, the view will look vast and hazy. The sky in autumn is high with crisp atmosphere, while the maple forest is changed in golden colour. The whole scene is blanketed with the white snow in winter.
 

The Great Wall has long been embedded into Chinese mythology and popular symbolism. The most beautiful legend is about the collapse of a section of the Great Wall caused by Meng Jiangnu, who cried bitterly over the death of her husband, he was buried under the Wall, in the construction of the Great Wall. This legend has been spread widely through textbooks, folk songs and traditional operas. It is well-known in China.

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