A Broken Wall Sunset

A Broken Wall Sunset

I meant to post this last Friday as a welcome to the Chinese New Year… the year of the dog. “Who let the dogs out?” Sorry, my younger self showing through there…  For the rest of you that was the chorus to a fairly terrible song released in 2000. So this Broken Wall Sunset image is from the Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China. This is one of the many places Jennifer and I were forced off the Wall by its dilapidated condition.

I find the current state of the Wall in this area to be sad and yet somehow encouraging. The landscape looks as if it will never return to its natural state. I am sure the ancient Chinese thought they had built an impenetrable structure that would stand for the rest of time, but here we are less than a millenia later and much of this amazing manmade wonder has fallen into disrepair. We hiked on nearly 13km of the unrestored Wall during our visit and much of that was nothing more than a gravel path where the wall once stood. It is encouraging to see that nature can reclaim such spots.

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  1. James says:

    Love the picture. I think we should both encourage conservation but – as you have done – point out and embrace where nature is taking over. China is the most populous country in the world and the wall is undeniably impressive but China has gorgeous landscapes that need to be preserved and areas where nature should be left to recover – e.g. when we just have a few blocks to add to the story.

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