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Famous Wife Tower Legend

It is said that Great Wall buildings are the miracle endowed by the heaven. During the magnificent project, there are many legends and stories happened. For recording this masterpiece of ancient people did, I would share you an interesting legend about the Wife Tower.

Great Wall Tower

About Xue Lan and Wu Sanhu
The famous Wife Tower rises near Shanhaiguan Pass. In order to get the origin of this name, we should trace back to the Ming Dynasty. At that time, there is a family housing three members, Old Man Wang, his daughter called Xue Lan and a young man called Wu Sanhu. Wu Sanhu was an orphan adopted by Wang. This family supported their live through performing in the street. They have excellent martial arts. Wang always taught the professional skills to his daughter and Wu Sanhu. Every day, they walk around the county earning money. As time goes by, Xue Lan and Wu Sanhu fell in love with each other. It is just on the day they sharing their ideas with each other, the famous strategist had given orders to recruit new members. Got the news, Wu Sanshui decided to join the army. But, the Wang was reluctant to leave him. At night, he ordered that if Xue Lan married Wu Sanhu, Wu would not leave. Wang did a delicious meal and ordered they got married.

About the Wife Tower
After getting married, Wu Sanshui still insisted on join the army. Arrived at the army, Wu Sanhu showed his excellent martial art talents and did great record. Later, he was ordered to guard the beacon tower of Dongjiakou. He did his best to protect the boundary day and night. Xue Lan and Wang missed Wu Sanhu very much. One day, Wang became seriously ill and he ordered Xue Lan to find the Wu Sanhu. After this, Wang passed away. Xue Lan got very sad and decided to find her husband. After long distance journey and painstaking, she arrived at the Dongjiakou and saw Wu Sanhu. At night, the enemies secretly entered. Wu Sanhu found them. In order to warn the army, he fired the beacon. Unfortunately, the rainy day struggled set off the fire on the beacon. Wu Sanhu was killed by the arrows of the enemies. When Xue Lan saw the scene, she fired her underclothes and warned the army. At last, Xue Lan did her best to conquer all the enemies with martial arts.

At last, Xue Lan deserved a prize but she refused. She ordered to finish the work that Wu Sanhu ever undertook. Gradually, she guarded the beacon tower day and night. Local people named it as the Wife Tower!

Some Great Wall Sections Cut Off by Mine Companies

As the word heritage sites, Great Wall is facing big danger. With profound history and deep traditional culture, Great Wall is regarded as the treasure of China. However, for the economy developing, many sections are facing cut off by the mine companies.

Great Wall in China

Great Wall in Inner Mongolia
For some extent, Great Wall is always rented as the national symbol of China. Earlier in the Qin Dynasty, magnificent buildings were built up. Located in the north part of China, the Great Wall buildings set up are to be the residence of nomads and many wars happened and many other sections are built as the guard systems. At last, numerous valuable Great Wall sections were left. Built in the Qin, Han and Sui dynasties, Inner Mogolia Great Wall extended as long as roughly 150 thousand kilometers. It is so long that equal to over 30 percent of the total length of Great Wall of China. Although long distance buildings were built, only one third of the walls remained nowadays. According to the local farmers, Wang Dafang section has been disappeared.

Why Damage cannot Stop
The serious damage cannot stop for three reasons: natural force, human being destruction and lack of knowledge. First, the bad environment caused the Great Wall destruction. Most of the sections lied in the desert in Mongolia, so the desert causes big damage. It cannot be changeable for the natural destroy. But the damage created by human can be controlled. Why the human damage the Great Wall so many years without stopping? The big reason is that the punishment is not server. In addition to the upper two reasons, lack of neighborhood knowledge also impacts the protection work. Most of the local farmers have no ideas about the wall in their hometown. So, we should adopt methods to warn the people and let them know what the real wall is and educate them relative laws.

After this case, more effects were put into the protection of the wall. In the year of 2010, there are 38 farmers contributed into the protection. Their main duty is to inspect the wall sections in remote areas as well as propagandize the protection knowledge of the cultural relics. Now, there are two protection station were established. So, the Great Wall built here can receive good protection.

Let us get together and protect the world heritage!

Huangyaguan Pass of Great Wall

Huangyaguan Great Wall is typical and terrific building in Tianjin. It enjoys a high fame as the miniature of Great Wall in China.

Huangyaguan Great Wall

Origin of Huangyaguan Great Wall
Located in the mountainous area of Tianjin, Huangyaguan Great Wall was first built in Northern Qi Dynasty. Later in the Ming Dynasty, it was enlarged and rebuilt with ancient bricks. During that time, chief commanding officer is Qi Jiguang who contributed too much on the Great Wall building. He added watchtowers and defensive works to the building making it to be the most important section. In the ancient war time, the pass played a very important role and in modern days, here is regarded as the ideal summer resort to experience summer heat. Being composed by the Great Wall and the Taiping Mountain Stronghold, it stores too many historical treasures.

Typical Huangyaguan Pass
In the year of 1984, Tianjin people spent about three years rebuilding the main wall stretching from Banlagang Mountain to Wangmaoding Mountain. This large scale project is equal to 3,308 yards. During the repairing, Tianjin people built 20 terraces, Huangya Water Gate and Bagua Castle. Most important is that the defensive system is complete. Along the wall, each corner was arranged orderly including the watchtowers, frontier cities, barracks and other important military facilities, etc. Besides, the stele forests of Great Wall, Beiji Temple, the exhibition hall of famous couplets and the Great Wall Museum as well as the Phoenix Fortress are all newly built along the wall. Autumn is the best time to climb the Huangyaguan Great Wall with the cool weather and natural scenery.

Huangyaguan Mountain Stronghold
Not far away from Huangyaguan Great Wall, Taiping Mountain Stronghold is located with magnificent layout, profound history and deep culture. It played a very important role in the ancient war times. There are impressive statue of Qi Jiguang and typical Widow Tower located inside. There are delicate accommodation and restaurants near. Tourists can enjoy delicious wild dishes. Appreciating the natural scenery and the vigorous buildings while enjoying the farm-made cuisine, it is very easy to make you mixing into the ancient history.

It is very hard to access Chinese ancient times and stories. Just seizing the chance to visit Huangyaguan Great Wall, it will offer you much more surprises!

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