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The Great Wall is generally the first place outside Beijing that tourists visit, and it is usually the highlight and most memorable part of everyone's trip to China. (Preface)
I first became fascinated by the Great Wall during my boyhood in Lancashire, when I saw the Wall depicted on a map of China in my school atlas. (Introduction by William Lindesay)
I began my journey of discovery of the Great Wall at (fittingly enough) the Great Wall Hotel in Beijing, where I and my traveling companion - Kent Kobersteen, who at the time was director of photography at National Geographic magazine - met our guide, historian and Wall expert Liu Yijiang.
Could it be that, after two thousand years, the lesson to be learned from one of history's most amazing construction projects is that any wall is doomed to failure unless it is built to unite rather than to divide.
General Adult. A lavishly illustrated, pictorial odyssey that spans more than four thousand miles traverses the Great Wall of China, from beginning to end, and describes the history of the monument and its construction, as well as the landscapes, scenic wonders, and regions it covers.… (more)