Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Great Wall of China – Some benefits of the Great Wall.

This, by all means, is a very short description of some of the benefits of the Great Wall, and it is continued from The Great Wall of China – Why the Wall?

The role that the Great Wall played in the growth of Chinese economy was an important one. Throughout the centuries many settlements were established along the new border. The garrison troops were instructed to reclaim wastelands and to plant crops on it, roads and canals were built, to mention just a few of the works carried out. All these undertakings greatly helped to increase the country’s trade and cultural exchanges with many remote areas and also with the southern, central and western parts of Asia – the formation of the Silk Route. Builders, garrisons, artisans, farmer and peasants (of whom we shall be talking more in depth in the next chapter of the Great Wall series) left behind a trail of objects, including inscribed tablets, household articles, and written work, which have become extremely valuable archaeological evidence to the study of defence institutions of the Great Wall and the everyday life of these people who lived and died along the wall (to be continued).

3 Comments:

Blogger melinda said...

Ah, good ol' banri no chou jou (Great Wall of China), majestic yet quotidan, it's so many things to so many people. What do you make of the remains that were found imbedded in the structure?

Perhaps you will be able to find a way to use both banri no chou jou and oishii (delicious, Japan's #1 favorite exclamation), my word from earlier today? Somewhere among those archeological finds, there's bound to be something tasty!

ps - Thanks for the crab recipe, it sounds awesome.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Shaman Dandulla said...

La grande muraglia cinese certanly is a majestic yet quotidian place!!, and you are absolutely right when you say ‘it's so many things to so many people’
Well, one thing that one is bound to find are the hundred of thousand bones of those who were imbedded in the structure. Did you know that it is the longest cemetery in the world… Not exactly a tasty thing.. but then again what is not tasty to us, surely must be tasty to someone else.. ok.. yes! it is a bit macabre what I have just said… and I it was not my intention to go into the macabre.. so on this note I’d rather stop…

10:53 PM  
Blogger melinda said...

But it's a fine line, right? Eating meat may be macabre to a vegetarian, cheese to a vegan, on and on it goes. The thing I remember most about the G.W., not that I have been there (yet) , is how many stairs you have to climb. Some years back, a good friend of mine was stuck traveling with a heavy smoker and never made it to the top.

2:03 PM  

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