The Great Wall of China

长城/万里长城

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During the Qin Dynasty, Emperor Qin Shi Huang drafted many young men in China to build the Great Wall. To escape Chinese officials, Fan Qiliang hid in the home of Meng Jiangnu, a young maiden who was borne out of a bitter gourd. The pair fell in love and immediately married; but, after only three days, Fan Qiliang was caught. Meng Jiangnu was devastated, so she went off on a long journey to look for her husband. When she arrived at the Great Wall, she was told that Fan Qiliang died and was buried into the structure. She was heartbroken and cried for three days and nights. Due to her bitter wail, a 400-kilometer section of the wall collapsed. When Emperor Qin Shi Huang learned about this, he was ready to punish Meng Jiangnu; but, upon seeing her, fell in love and asked her to be one of his concubines instead. She agreed on three conditions: that they look for the body of Fan Qiliang, that they hold a state funeral for him, and that the emperor attend his funeral wearing black to symbolize his mourning. The emperor agreed, but once the terms were met and Meng Jiangnu was supposed to be brought to the palace, she jumped to her death into the nearby Bohai Sea. Trail the Great Wall near the Shanhaiguan Pass to encounter the Meng Jiangnu Temple, a shrine built to remember the loyalty and rebellious spirit of Meng Jiangnu!


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Huairou, China

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