Thursday's Essay Preview
This is the fourteenth of 17 essays that cover our Southeast Asia cruise (March, 2010). The first paragraph of the fourteenth essay reads as follows: "With three days in Beijing, we really had a good chance to get to know the city, and there is no doubt the city has a great deal to offer tourists. After visiting eight other large Asian cities, you might think we had seen enough or that our views might be slightly jaundiced, and there is something to that perspective. We feel we had been in Beijing one day too long by the afternoon of the second full day, and we felt we had seen everything we wanted to see — but this does not have anything to do with what this city has to offer tourists."
Thursday's Essay Excerpt - from the last two paragraphs of the essay
The Great Wall is impressive in its size, but that is precisely what makes it one of the eight wonders of the world. It is 3,889.5 miles long (we didn’t walk the whole length!), and it was begun in 221 BC. It was only in the Ming Dynasty when the Ming constructed walls along the northern border of China designed specifically to keep the Manchurian and Mongolian nomadic tribes out of China. Also, the Great Wall helped defend the empire against the Manchu invasions of 1600, even though the Manchus crossed the Great Wall in 1644 and seized Beijing, defeated the Shun Dynasty, and established the Qing Dynasty. Obviously, the decision to construct the wall as part of a defense system was a good idea, even though at times it didn’t work as effectively as planned.
I want to talk about our continuing tour with Michael Ye. In the second Beijing essay, I will continue from the Great Wall forward.
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