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  1. by   pianonurse
    Really beautiful photography! Thanks for sharing!
  2. by   sasseynurse
    Beautiful pictures!
    Thank you for sharing.
  3. by   Ted
    Cool Pics!

  4. by   Y2KRN
    I loved the pictures!!! Thank you soo much a-rose for sharing. They are breathtaking!!!

  5. by   a-rose
    Mount. Yandang:

    The Spiritual Rocks:

    A Waterfall In Style Of The Dragon :

  6. by   nursemicke
    Thank you rose. They are magnificent pictures. Makes me want to visit China. Tell us about yourself Rose. Are you a nurse?
  7. by   a-rose
    Yes, I am a nurse. I come here because of hearing of the Bulletin Board is the best of online nursing discussions in the world. In fact, this is the best nursing-site. Now my English is poor. Welcome to China!
  8. by   fergus51
    I love those!!! It's so rare for me to see pictures of the Chinese countryside. You would never know the country had a billion people looking at these scenes!
  9. by   prn nurse
    These photographs defy description ! China is a beautiful place !! Thanks for sharing your homeland with us , Rose.
    i'm totally humble to be able to see if only i could go visit them some day!!!

    thanks rose for sharing such spiritually uplifting photos!!! i just love them.
    Last edit by SKM-NURSIEPOOH on Jun 21, '02
  11. by   canoehead
    I loved your photos- especially the ones by a the lake, reminds me of my parents' cabin.

    And the one of the Great Wall- amazing how old it is and how long it has been there. There must be legends of sprits inhabiting the wall. You'll have to tell us some.

    Do they have caretakers or guards at the wall all the time?
  12. by   a-rose
    the Great Wall:

    History of the Great Wall:
    The Great Wall, one of landmarks of the earth if viewed from the moon, runs 6,700 kilometers from east to west across five provinces. Like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands and mountains through a history of over 2000 years. It is one of the greatest wonders in the world. Although some of the sections of the wall are now in ruins or have disappeared completely, it is still one of the most sought-after attractions in the world thanks to its magnificence and significance. In 1987, the Great Wall was enlisted as the World Heritage by UNESCO.

    The Great Wall, which extends for over 5,000 kilometres, is the monument of the Chinese history. The construction of the Great Wall started in the 9th century B.C. in the Zhou dynasty and ended in the middle of the 17th century in the Ming dynasty with a lot of reconstructions and restorations as well as further extensions in the later dynasties such as Qin, Han, Sui and Tang. For over 2000 years, it served as a "great" fortification for the safety of the nation. However, the Great Wall was not "great" when it was first built. In the Zhou dynasty, it was only a series of walls as a defense project against incursions from northern tribes. In the Warring States Period (475 - 221 BC), more walls were built on the boarders to protect the ducal states against each other and some parts were connected to form a big one. It was not until the Qin dynasty that the separate walls, constructed by independent kingdoms of Qin, Yan and Zhao to keep out marauding nomads in the previous dynasty, were joined together to form the "Great Wall" when China was unified under Emperor Qin Shihuang. With the effort of hundreds of thousands of workers and 10 years of hard labour under General Meng Tian, the Qin Great Wall turned out to stretch from Lintao in the west to Liaodong in the east.

    With the strengthening of the unification of China and the development of exchange program with the western regions during Emperor Wudi's reign of the Han dynasty, the Great Wall was further extended to a total length of over 5,000 km to guard Hetao, Western Gansu and other regions and protect the routes of east-west transportation. Today, the remains of the Han Great Wall with beacon towers from Xinjiang to Hebei are still discernable.

    Later, long walls were constructed in the Northern Wei and Sui periods, as recorded in ancient texts. From the 5th to the 7th century, the walls built successively by the Northern Wei, Northern Qi and Northern Zhou dynasties were 650 km and l,500 km long respectively. In the 12th century, the Jin dynasty built a wall more than 4,000 km long from the eastern part of the present-day Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region to Zabaikalye.

    The present Great Wall we see today was mostly the remains from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), during which the brick and granite work was enlarged and sophisticated designs were added. The watch towers in strategic areas were also restored and strengthened. All of the efforts were made by the Ming Emperors for fear of the return of the Hun dominance and their Mongol rulers of the North.

    Over a span of two millennia, all the walls built by numerous dynasties were linked together. The Great Wall, which reaches a total of well over 5,000 km in length, has become a construction wonder in human history!
    Last edit by a-rose on Jun 22, '02
  13. by   prn nurse
    Isn't this a beautiful example of what makes this Bulletin Board unique and stimulating? I am really grateful to have the opportunity to sit here in the comfort of my home and see photographs of another nurses' homeland that is half way around the world. And to learn some Chinese history of how and why the Great Wall of China was built.

    It is refreshing to hear it from a fellow nurse, someone who lives there.