Ningxia site of China's Great Wall
Ningxia Site of China's Great Wall is the oldest wall relic in Ningxia as well as in China.
This section of the Great Wall was built more than 2,000 years ago during the Warring States Period (475–221 B.C.). Read on travel tips on its hsitory and find out what to see there.
Chairman Mao Zedong once said, " You are not a true man if you haven't arrived at the Great Wall " when he stood on the top of Liupan Mountains in China's northwestern Ningxia Province.
The Great Wall of China is undoubtedly the most magnificent and spectacular building project in human history and is the crystallization of the wisdom and diligence of Chinese people.
It was built in several dynasties and some are still well preserved to this day. Part of its remains left from Qin in Warring States Period and Ming Dynasty is locate in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
It winds over 124 miles from Jingning County in Gansu Province, northeast to Guyuan City in Ningxia to Zhenyuan County in the southeast of Gansu.
This section contains platforms of about one to three meters high and the construction work was said to have claimed many laborers' lives who were died from exhaustion of strength when ordered by the king of Qin to build the Great Wall in a complicated working procedure and within a limited period of time.
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The site of Ningxia Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty consists of four sections: the west, the north, the east and Guyuan's inner side wall. The west wall goes along the Yellow River from Zhongwei City northeastward to Helan Mountain and was built in 1531.
There are now remains of 70 ramparts, 130 beacon towers, a stone pit and other fortifications scattered there. The east wall is 180 meters long with 508 ramparts, 67 beacon towers, and seven city sites.
The north wall starts from Helan Mountain and ends in the west bank of the Yellow River with only five beacon towers, four ramparts and one trench found according to a survey.
The Guyuan's inner side wall is located in Mahuangshan Village and what makes it unique is its construction. It was built by sharpening the hills into steep cliffs and channels to make them difficult to overstep.
Final travel tips for you: spend around 2 hours walking around the site. Some activities need moderate effort. Enjoy your exporation!