The Great Wall. Every little kid learns about it. Everyone knows about it. Heck, you can even see it from space! And so it was one of those moments when you realize that you’re standing at a place that you’ve read about in history books, that people have fought and died over, and that has been here and will be here long after you.
It took centuries to build, beginning in the 7th century B.C. It was originally built to keep the Mongolians to the north from invading China, but it also served as a transportation system. In some areas it is wide enough to drive a car on the wall! It has now become a national symbol for the tenacity of the Chinese culture and it’s ancient history.
*These pictures were scanned from film originals, so the quality is less than ideal.