Dream Travel Destination

Today’s post is by Rajesh from Destination Infinity. (Click the link to check out his blog)

My Dream Travel Destination: The Great Wall of China

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The Great wall of China

Being an Indian, China puzzles me. Their homogeneous culture is the opposite of unity in diversity India believes in. The world’s most populous country has doneΒ  many things better than India in the recent times. What makes this giant tick when we are still struggling with basic things? Or is another face hiding behind the veil of development? What better than visiting China to put pieces of the puzzle together?

 

The Great Wall(s) of China, you might think, is the only man-made object visible from space, moon, and even mars. But that’s not true! However, they are among the largest construction projects undertaken by the human race. The best preserved wall, the one that is referenced as The Great Wall of China today, dates between 14th and 17th CE. Built by the Ming Dynasty, it is 8850 KM long and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seventy percent of it is a wall made of bricks and stone, while natural fortification like rivers and mountains form the remaining.

 

However, Great Walls’ have been built in China before that. Qin Shihuang of Qin dynasty connected a number of defense walls constructed during 7th Century BCE – 4th Century BCE to form a single walled fortification system that ran 6700 KM, in the 3rd Century BCE. That was a different β€œGreat Wall” and it is not present today. Other dynasties also built extensive walls around their kingdoms, then, and later on. Walls built in 3rd Century CE and 6th Century CE rivaled the earlier and later constructions in scope and size.

 

The Great Wall built by Ming Dynasty remains fairly intact and I want to walk on/along this wall someday. On the way, I hope to visit a city, a town, and a village. Or a few of them. This will not be a touristy heritage walk, but a personal walk to understand the country, their culture, their problems and their solutions. I want to understand their beliefs, learn their systems, and explore if some of them could serve people of India, and the world. I hope this travel will enable me to look at things with an open mind and a broader perspective.

P.S: QB notes:

Thanks DI for the wonderful post. May your wish to travel come true and may you continue writing many posts.(Guests posts included..!)

27 thoughts on “Dream Travel Destination

  1. Really every one will have dreams to travel in different place, Among those China Wall is One. Really its a perfect dream place to travel….

  2. Precise info from Rajesh… would have loved to see few more photos… had heard about it from a colleague who had been there πŸ™‚
    BTW Manogna, are you accepting guest posts? πŸ˜›

    1. Yup..! I specifically asked Rajesh to do a guest post for me. Another guest post is on its way.
      I accept guest posts.Do you want to do a guest post for my blog?

      1. Yea why not… now here’s another suggestion (last one for the day otherwise you may develop flatulence): your blog has a fun element as its niche which is not very specific, but somewhat specific… you should stick to that theme and it would be wise not to make it a mixed bag… well, nowadays I’m giving this advice to many of my blogger friends whenever I’m noting that they’re drifting away from their basic niche and mixing up things… take it or leave it… I’ll ask you to give me an opportunity to guest post once I’ve an article/photo-story funny enough to match beeafteryou… Think about it πŸ™‚

      2. Wow…thanks. You got it. Fun and entertainment are my niche ,which is broad enough to pull every other stuff worth bringing. Do mail me at queenbee@beeafteryou.com as and when you have a fun post and i would love to put your post in my blog. And contrary to what you may think…I am open to suggestions.I am here to improve myself. πŸ˜€

  3. That’s great mentoring and motivation QB!!

    I really like –

    “Life is too short to stay at a single place and be bored eternally!” – See more at:

    1. I wonder why China doesn’t figure in the to-see of Indians in general? Maybe they think the cultures are similar? Glad to know this is in your travel wish-list. Wishing you travel and put up some pics. I don’t know how long it will take for me to travel outside India. I don’t have a passport to begin with! I guess I will go after a few years, after I gain sufficient knowledge about the Indian culture in the first place.

      Destination Infinity

      1. I love travelling and with every given opportunity i have always discussed where i want to travel. The general reply i get is,there is enough to see in India alone. First think of completing an all-India tour, then think of going out of India. Hmm…nice try,but then what about all the exotic locations that are shown to us in movies?I want to see them all too. πŸ˜›

      2. DI, do get yourself a passport and save enough for a world tour. Life is too short to stay at a single place and be bored eternally! I wish to see as many places as I can. I hope you do too.

  4. This place not only potraits the culture and heritage of China. This is a monument that depicts the strength and commitment of the humanity. It is said that the people of China were affected by a plague disease when they started building the wall and many people died for this structure. But this wall stands tall in the name of everyone who put their blood and sweat in it.
    Thats the reason UNESCO chose this place to be on of its sites. Also it gains a plus point being a world wonder and tourist attraction.

    Someday, I wanna buzz on this with QB!!

    1. That many people who died was in “thousands of thousands.” Unless workers were treated as slaves and were forced to work on such an arduous construction, it may not have been possible. Remnants of this attitude can be found even today in China?

      Destination Infinity

  5. Nice post. It instantly took me to the history class at school…History happens to be a favourite subject of mine…the various civilizations and cultures were fascinating to learn…
    Its interesting to note that our ancestors were so knowledgeable and could build such monuments and structures which stood the test of times while we with our so called advanced technology and skills are unable to build houses which can brave quakes or floods. The state of our roads just with ordinary rain is a proof of our ability. This coming from the successors of Indus valley civilization!!! (Of course it can be said that our lack of skills & technology is not a cause for our present state but compromise on the quality of work…)

    Travel indeed broadens one’s perspective and especially changes our take on life. i sincerely wish the author gets to travel to his desired destination and hope he gets to do all that he wishes…

    1. I too like History, but the History taught at schools could be presented in a more interesting way. I developed interest for History after passing out of school!

      We, in India, have also built amazing monuments. But with frequently changing border lines, maybe our emperors didn’t think such a huge wall was necessary? I think China is unique in constructing such huge walls all around the empire, each of which they abandoned shortly!

      Thanks for your wishes, but if I am able to do all that i wish, life won’t be half as interesting πŸ™‚

      Destination Infinity

      1. ahem…since i don’t want your life to be less interesting by wishing you to be able to do all that you want…i offer to take back a percentage of my wishes πŸ˜›

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