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Jiumenkou Great Wall

As people all know what the Great Wall looks like but did you know that some of it is built over water? The Jiumenkou section of the wall in Liaoning Province in North East China is famous for just that.

The Jiumenkou section of the Great Wall used to function as a defensive frontline against nomadic tribes. Built more than 1,500 years ago, it has undergone multiple renovations in history and is a prime example of a defensive fortification. Today, the site is drawing in tourists from around the world because of its unique location over water.

Li Lulu, Jiumenkou Great Wall, said, “We have a team of tour-guides fluent in English to provide in-depth introductions to visitors from around the world.”

The site has been recognized by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage site. Another site in the area of similar stature is the “Three Mausoleums of Shengjing”, also in Liaoning Province. The site includes the tomb of the founding emperor of the Qing Dynasty and tombs dedicated to his ancestors.

Tang Wei, Deputy Managing Director, Eastern Mausoleum, said, “We made some renovations to the walls of the mausoleum and we have also set in place new measures to protect the site, like limiting the number of tourists and providing proper directions.”

The Qing dynasty was established by the nomadic Manchu people living in Northern China, and the legacies here exemplify the clash and merging of Manchu culture with the Han civilization for all to see.


↑ Photo taken on Aug 13, 2012 shows a section of the “Great Wall Under Water”, which emergesout of the Panjiakou Reservoir in Kuancheng Manchu autonomous county, north China’s Hebeiprovince. The Xifengkou and Panjiakou Great Wall built in ancient China’s Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) lied in the water following the building of the Panjiakou Reservoir in 1975. Butsharp decline of the reservoir’s water level because of drought brought it above the water thisyear. Recently, parts of the Great Wall, which emerged out of the water, were submerged againdue to continuous heavy rain.

↑ In 1975,the government built the Panjiakou Reservoir in Kuancheng county, therefore water inundated a sectionof the Great Wall there which is 500 years old. Because of drought and an increase in the use of water,the water level at the Panjiakou Reservoir fell more than 10 meters and part of the “Underwater GreatWall” emerged. However since July, the heavy rain has again raised the water level to the highest it hasbeen in ten years and the Great Wall again is submerged. Uniquely, it is the only place where the GreatWall dips underwater.

[Photo/Xinhua][From: Chinadaily]