Surprisingly, you won’t find China's Great Wall among the list of the Wonders of the World. Yet it is one of mankind’s most magnificent achievements, its story reaching back beyond historical times.
China's Great Wall, symbol of the turbulent relationship between China and its northern neighbours, influenced the destiny of the Middle Kingdom in every era. The construction of the Wall claimed countless human lives. It extends across peaks and valleys, torrential rivers and vast steppes.
Yet it is more than merely a defense. It is a symbol of a division between cultures. Here, agrarian Chinese society; there, the nomadic culture of the herdsmen of the steppes.
It is key to our understanding of Chinese history and civilization.
Part I: Mongol Invaders
Part II: Protecting the Dragon