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May 2nd, 2007 – by: wforrester
No visit to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall, the only man made structure to be visible from the moon. Several sections are available to the public, and we visited the Mutianyu area, some 73 kilometers northeast of Beijing . Construction of Mutianyu Great Wall was started in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 577) and was restored in the early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). A pass was officially set up there in 1404. Carefully repaired in 1569, this section has been extremely well-preserved through the ages. In 1982, a new program began to establish the Mutianyu Great Wall Tourist Area. Finished in 1986, the area now has become an AAAA national tourist attraction, complete with cable car transportation.
On our final day in China we took in the another two essential sights, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square .
Outside the city and across the road is Tiananmen Square , the largest square in the world occupying 440,000 square metres. In addition to the sites contained within the square, Tiananmen Tower , Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, it is a pleasant place to watch the local people relaxing and flying kites in the late afternoon.
With our final walk through the square our brief journey to this fascinating country came to end. China today is a modern industrial country. Development is everywhere with construction of all types of infrastructure in full swing. At the same times elements of its Feudal Past abound and its long history is clearly visible. The tough times and hardship its people endured through the cultural revolution are still visible with bikes and trikes still mixing it with the modern traffic on overcrowded roads. By its nature it is a country that will enhance your appreciation of the world and one you should visit with an open mind and open heart. Its soul is complex and its people warm.
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