Trees in blossom along the Great Wall

There are plenty of scenic spots and places of interest scattered in Beijing, the capital of China, and no visit would be complete without a trip to the Great Wall, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

As an astonishing feat of engineering, the Great Wall of China was first built during the Spring and Autumn Period and continued into the Warring States Period more than 2,000 years ago. After the Qin Dynasty unified China, the Great Wall as linked up and expanded, which laid the foundation for what we today call the Ten-Thousand-Li Long Wall. In the Han and Ming dynasties, the Great Wall was further constructed, and the work involved was tremendous. The Great Wall you see today is mainly the Great Wall constructed in the Ming Dynasty.

Though thousands of years have gone by, one dynasty replaced by another, you can still feel its grandeur and could not help marveling at how this huge project became possible when you climb up the Wall.

Most parts of the Wall were built along the mountain ridges. Looked from afar, it is just like a huge, winding dragon, and thus becomes the embodiment of the Chinese nation.

The following photos, taken on 18 April, 2013, show the trees in blossom cluster around the local section of the Great Wall at Huairou District in Beijing.

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