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Mysterious Xiangshuihu Great Wall in Beijing

Everyone gets very familiar with Beijing Badaling, Mutianyu Great Wall and maybe Jinshanling Great Wall, but do not know Xiangshuihu Ancient Great Wall. For this Great Wall section, it still stored mysterious background and appearance.

Xiangshuihu Great Wall

Typical Layout of Xiangshuihu Great Wall
For tourists in Beijing, Xiangshuihu Great Wall is always appearing as surprise and mysterious. Located in the west side of Huairou District, Beijing Xiangshuihu Ancient Great Wall has a typical location with charming sceneries. As the important part of Xiangshuihu scenic area, the Xiangshuihu Great Wall is undoubtedly the most significant attraction for the tourists here. This Great Wall is located by a dam but it has been dried up for long years. Walking around, you could see the lush dense woods growing in the bottom of this dam. Compared to the surrounded green landscapes, the Great Wall showed more beautiful and fresh. Different season, this section will show different sceneries. In spring, it is best time to enjoy the colorful flowers. In summer, water and air is quite fresh here. When to the autumn, the whole mountain will be full of red leaves, fantastic. For the winter, tourists could enjoy the mountains cladding in silvery white. It is a popular and fantastic enjoyment to appreciate the snow landscape on Xiangshuihu Great Wall.

Legend of Xiangshuihu Great Wall
For visiting Beijing Xiangshuihu Great Wall, getting the background legend will be extremely an interesting thing. It is said that the Moshikou Barrie on the Xiangshuihu Great Wall is an important project in Ming Dynasty. There was a barbican entrance in the barrier and has dual switches. Moshikou Barrie was built in the year of 1404 getting famous for more than 59 years history. It plays a very important role as border fortress nearby Beijing Junction. On the half way of this Great Wall building, there is Lianyuan Cave and Tuteng Pavilion located adding many mysterious tastes to this area. The characters of Lian Yun Cave engraved in front of the hillside are of the supernatural workmanship. For the miracle is that there was a golden dragon engraved in the cave. About this dragon, there is a legend telling that this vigorous dragon protected the Xiangshuihu Lake and local people. So, during the tour, tourists could see the dragon statue to express the local people's worship and best wishes.

If you hold enough interests, you could have a visit, seize great chance!

Significance of the Great Wall

Great Wall has been rented as the landmark of China. It has influenced Chinese history and development. In other words, Great Wall is the witness of Chinese culture and history. Today, let us walk into the significance that Great Wall brought!

Great Wall in China

Influence on Chinese History
Since the Great Wall started to be built, they had become the symbol and the representative of great China. For the two thousand years, any one could not divide the Great Wall, so they could not divide China. As the military defense system, Great Wall, in some degree more symbolized Chinese military industry, national safety and national consolidation. Earlier in the South Song Dynasty, Great Wall has the same meaning as the national defense. During the Ming Dynasty, the symbolic significance of Great Wall spread abroad. In the Anti-Japanese War, Great Wall also conducted a very key function. It wakens all the Chinese people to fight against with strong heart. Later, in the national anthem, Great Wall also appeared to inspire the soul of Chinese people. Some people always said that you will do not know China without appreciating the Great Wall. It is equal that tourists never leave China without climbing the Great Wall. For the strong influence that Great Wall aroused always promote Chinese civilization.

Influence on the World
About the strong and long-distance wall buildings, Great Wall not only arouses deep influence on China but also in the world. In the earlier time, all the foreigners have no chance to enjoy this wonder. It is certainly there were no certain concepts in their mind. Until standing at the foot of Great Wall, their ideas to China have been changed. It is said that in the year of 1793, the famous ambassador of England came to China, they passed through the Gubeikou Great Wall and got close to the legendary world wonder. After that, they designed the famous China Landscapes. This picture of China landscapes vividly described the Great Wall shape and appearance zigzagging, falling and down stretching to the far distance. Later, there were celebrities recorded for this picture: if the Great Wall is just the appearance the picture said and illustrated, it is no doubt that the most magnificent building that built by the hands in the world.

Great Wall is truly all the signs that the world people. If you want to really mixed to this elegant atmosphere, join us!

Reed and Willow Great Wall

It is universally known that the Great Wall of China was built with rammed bricks as well as solid stones. In fact, the sections of the Great Wall located in Gansu were built with reeds and willows rammed with sand. These sections of the Great Wall are mainly located in the desert area in China, like Luobupo area in Xinjiang and Yumenguan in Gansu.

Great Wall in Gansu Province

The construction material of these sections is due to the special climate and natural condition as solid stone is very hard to find and bricks are short of earth. These areas are well known for its lack of rainfall, with an annual rainfall less than scores of millimeters and exposed rocks and sand all over the place. Hardly any plants survive out here. Those which survive in the water-rich areas are nothing but reed and willow. Because the earth out here is not fit for building the wall and it is hard to build the wall with only sand, so the border people cleverly used the natural condition out here and mixed the sand with the reed and willows while building the Great Wall.

According to observation on site, the technique of building the Great Wall with reed and willow involves: first of all, cut abundant amount of reeds and willows from where they grew; then put a layer of the reeds and willows where the Great Wall was located, and on top of the reeds and willows added the mixture of sand and stone, in repeating this way, the Great Wall was erected in the end. Every layer of the reed and willow is about 5cm and sand and stone about 20cm. If the Great Wall needed to be built about 5 meters high, it would take about 20 layers of the mixture of reed and willow as well as sand. The construction of the Great Wall was used to defend the Mongolian rivalry and to build the Great Wall in this way can also achieve the same goal. However, this kind of Great Wall is not fire-free. But fortunately, the Mongolian tribes held very dear of the rule that no one is to set fire on the grassland. According to legends, the one who set fire on the grassland would be sentenced to death in fire. This kind of unique Great Wall built with reed and willow can still be found in the deserts in China.

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