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Issue 03, 2017

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This issue is proofread by Cheng Long, Terry Boyd-Zhang, and special advisor Zhang Jun, Chairman of www.thegreatwall.com
Introduction to Our Cover

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What the Long Wall is?

From the Editor

What the Long Wall is?

By Liu Jing, Editor in Chief
Photograph by Yang Yueluan

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The Great Wall: China's National Symbol

Idioms

The Great Wall: China's National Symbol

By Cheng Long
Photograph by Wang Ximing

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The Great Wall – Serving War or Peace?

Opening

The Great Wall – Serving War or Peace?

By Chen Zihan
Translation by Pavel Toropov

The Great Wall, like a colossal dragon, has spread its coils over the mountains north of Beijing. For successive dynasties, the Great Wall, interconnected with garrisons, fortifications and towers, was the shield that protected the capital from the threat coming from the northern steppes. The Great Wall witnessed military tactics evolve and change, and followed the glories and misfortunes of dynasMore>>

The Most Wondrous Section of the Ming Great Wall

Architecture

The Most Wondrous Section of the Ming Great Wall

By Zhang Yichen Photographs by Yang Yueluan, and as credited Translation by Paul Stephen

China’s Hebei Province boasts the most comprehensive and representative collection of the Great Wall sections, with walls constructed by several dynasties that ruled China, from the Warring States Period (475–221 BC) through the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Among these Great Wall sections, those constructed by the Ming court are both the most ubiquitous and the best-preserved. Indeed, it was Hebei’s More>>

The Gubeikou Great Wall: Supreme Defense

Architecture

The Gubeikou Great Wall: Supreme Defense

By Yan Xinqiang Photographsby Duan Jiujun and as credited Translation by Paul Stephen

The Great Wall has been hailed as a world wonder due to its incredible architectural achievement. The ancient protectors of China’s Central Plains took advantage of the rolling hills and lofty peaks in the northern and western reaches of the capital Beijing to craft a clever design that protected their entire civilization behind a single structure. The specially chiselled bricks and stones of the More>>

The “Wild Great Wall” of Funing: A Showcase of Great Wall Architecture

Architecture

The “Wild Great Wall” of Funing: A Showcase of Great Wall Architecture

By Li Zhanyi Translation by Nick Angiers

When compared to most of the better known sections of the Great Wall, that which runs through Funing County, Hebei Province is merely a “wild” part of the Wall, but through the eyes of a photographer, it can be seen as a masterpiece of ancient architecture. Photographer Li Zhanyi spent four years treading through the mountains here, along which the Ming Dynasty Great Wall spans over 100 kilometersMore>>

The Distinctive Great Wall in Xinjiang

Alternative

The Distinctive Great Wall in Xinjiang

By Yang Yun
Translation by Pavel Toropov

In China, everyone knows that the Great Wall starts from Jiayuguan in Gansu Province in the west and reaches Shanhaiguan in the east, in Hebei. However, according to China’s official data released in 2012, Xinjiang also has extensive, varied Great Wall heritage, and that this Wall stretches as far west as Kezilesu in western Xinjiang. How is this “distinctive wall” different from the “classic” oneMore>>

The Seaside Great Wall at Taizhou

Alternative

The Seaside Great Wall at Taizhou

By Lu Xiaomin
Photographs byJin Xiaomu, and as credited
Translation by Trevor Padgett

The Great Wall of China is the world’s largest military structure and China’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built of tamped earth and stone, this meandering fortification follows a dizzyingly beautiful landscape across northern China. The best known and well-preserved section of the Great Wall is a section just north of Beijing called “Badaling”—when people talk of visiting “The Great WaMore>>

Tibetan Great Wall: Stronghold in the Himalayas

Alternative

Tibetan Great Wall: Stronghold in the Himalayas

Story & Photographs by Zhao Chunjiang Translation by Paul Stephen

When I hear mention of the Great Wall, I immediately picture the grand and imposing fortification system of the Central Plains, running continuously across mountain ridges and valleys, forming a magnificent, picturesque tableau. Senior photographer Zhao Chunjiang concluded that deep in the Himalayas, Tibet Autonomous Region’s Shigatse Prefecture boasts a “Great Wall” of its own—created to defend aMore>>

The Zijing Pass – Key to the Great Wall

Military

The Zijing Pass – Key to the Great Wall

By Su Jingguo
Photographs by Yang Yueluan, and as credited
Trevor Padgett

To the southwest of Beijing, in a strategic location in the steep Taihang Mountains stands a fortress called Zijingguan. “Guan”, expressed by a character “关”, in Chinese refers to a pass or fortification built in a strategic point. The Ming statesman and military leader Yu Qian once said: “The Juyong and Zijing passes are the vital artery of the capital… and Zijing is the key, it is here that the More>>

The Yanmenguan Great Wall: Fortress and Trade Route

Military

The Yanmenguan Great Wall: Fortress and Trade Route

By LuShunming
Photographs by Yang Jianmin
Translation by Trevor Padgett

The Yanmenguan in northern Shanxi Province, a fortified outpost along a wing of the Great Wall of China, was not only impressive in size and beauty, but also a place of ancient military importance. It had endured the vicissitudes of surviving wars, changes in dynasties, and clashes of cultures. During the Ming Dynasty, a stretch of 18 fortressed outposts along the Gouzhu Mountains where the YanmenMore>>

Zhangbei – Walls Built by Six Dynasties

Military

Zhangbei – Walls Built by Six Dynasties

By Tang Yue
Photographs by Li Chunxin, and as credited
Translation by Pavel Toropov

To the north of Beijing there is a spot of grassland that has been a magnet for the scholars of the Great Wall. In this remote corner of Zhangbei County, the Great Wall is more than a wall—it is a labyrinth of wall remnants from six different eras and a veritable open-sky museum of the heritage of the Great Wall of China.More>>