Do you want to repair the Great Wall?
Wall and Repair the Remnant Badaling - Coming in this summer!
" If you haven't climbed the
Great Wall, you are not a true hero." Many of your friends who visited
China before might have told you this. It is indeed a lifetime
experience. Who would leave the country without seeing the only
construction that the American astronauts could recognize with their
naked eyes, on their first flight to the moon? But are there anything
else people better know about the Great Wall?
Exposed to piercing winds and
the scorching sun for centuries, the wall is in urgent need of repair.
Now, you can be a part of the rennovation!
Wall Repairing Trip
Most people tend to think that
the Great Wall was a product of wars (actually of defense), thus its
role ought to have been most closely related to battles and blood
shedding. It is, however, not that case. Most time under the Great Wall
was actually peace rather than war. As the witness of Chinese history,
the Great Wall was built, rebuilt, torn down and renovated for military
purpose by more than 20 dynasties and states during the past 2000 years.
It reflects both China's home situations and its touches with the outer
world. It was so big a project that building it influenced the domestic
economy. As a cultural product, the Great Wall mixed minds in war and
architecture. It formed a defense tradition that was handed down to
people more than 2,000 years after. As a tradition, it was embodiment of
how the Chinese dealt with other peoples, including its enemies.
Therefore the Great Wall, in all times, was connected to the
culture, foreign policies, and economy. Philosophically, the Great Wall
speaks well for a growth in the mixed soil of peace and war. It stands
for some power, an unbeatable power despite all bitter conditions, known
as the Great Wall Spirit among Chinese people.
Today the Great Wall is
considered among the "World's 100 Most Endangered Sites" after years of
exposure to conflict, the elements and even tourism. Visitors to the
Wall have left litter and graffiti, scrawling initials into the rock or
removing pieces for souvenirs. Some of the Wall has crumbled, either
demolished for new roads or hauled away as building materials for
village structures. There are few restored sections, usually where
tourists visit most. Hundreds of miles lie in ruins.
Now our trip enables you to
actually ‘lend a hand’ repairing the Remnant
Badaling Great Wall (Shixiaguan Pass). When there's a place being
repaired, there will be you to help carry the bricks from the bottom to
the top of the Wall. Once at the top, you will assist the expert to
place your bricks in the Wall. After the repairing, its your time hiking
along for 2-3hrs and then back to the foot of the Wall. There're two
excavation sites with archaeological value at the bottom. One is an
ancient quarry used in the great wall construction where the gravel and
cutting tools are still quite evident today. The other one is a part of
an original brick kiln, from which all the wall bricks were made by
ordinary people hundreds of years ago. Then you will have the
opportunities to take your seat and chat with the villagers under the
help of your guide, even to join in a meal in the local peasants' house.
Most of the villagers are familiar with all sorts of stories & tales
about the site as well as the Great Wall. This learning of the wall and
people will be absolutely impressive as an end of the trip.
THE REPAIR AND TOUR INTINERARY
One-day tour in Remnant
Badaling Great Wall (Shixiaguan Pass)
7:30--9:00 From urban Beijing to
9:00--10:00 Repairing the Wall
10:00--13:00 Hiking along the
wall and visiting excavation sites
12:50--13:50 lunch at the local
13:50--14:50 Free chat
with the local farmers,
visit their houses , experience their
lives and learn their culture.
14:50--16:20 Back to the city
Location: Remnant Badaling Great
Wall (Shixiaguan Pass)