as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987, the Great Wall belongs not
only to China but also to the whole world.
Unlike other Natural
and Cultural Heritage Sites, the Great Wall embraces such broad
dimensions that nothing else can compare with. It runs across Northern
China from east to west, providing protection
to agricultural civilisation and ancient trading routes. It spans
the history of China from past to present, witnessing the rise and
fall of powers and dynasties.
Many parts of the Great
Wall are gone, a lot are succumbing to the elements. Some Great
Wall have been buried by the desert, some destroyed by people. Still, the
Wall stands silently, enduring the passage of time and greeting
the changes of seasons.
If the Great Wall could talk,
it would have many stories to tell. If you listen long enough,
maybe you will hear one.
(Written by e99, Photograph by Gengxin)