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Prior to the third century BC there existed multiple city-states in China, each with surrounding walls to keep out invaders. Then in the third century Qin Shi Huangdi, the “First Yellow Emperor,” began an inexorable course of vanquishing and unifying these states. In the process, he used the masonry from individual city walls to build the meandering, 5000-km, ‘Great Wall of China.’

The trajectory of the wall follows the natural topography of the land, creating endless curves, and is said to be the only man-made structure that can be seen from an orbiting satellite. The view in the photographs is at Badeling Pass, close to Beijing. For more information, I would like to refer the interested viewer of the photograph to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China

I took the photograph in 1983, using a Nikon-F, with Ektachrome-100 film, and just recently scanned it, ostensibly to submit it to TrekEarth. This is, however, one image that can be improved by PhotoShop — sharpened, the colors corrected, and the contrast increased —somewhat.

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