What the project aims to achieve is the recognition of the Great Wall as a living ecosystem, showing a different picture of the Wall, namely not the architectural nor historical sight, instead the human and natural ecosystem, exploring human activities in the area and understanding how they interact with the natural environment and the Wall and how these three elements are or can become mutually beneficial. During the fieldwork there will be a comprehensive observation and collection of information about the cultural peculiarities and natural uniqueness of the ecosystem. The project aims at correctly produce an innovative interpretation of the issue itself.

While travelling along the provinces, another purpose will be that of exploring Sino-European cultural relations through a bottom-up approach, showing that cooperation between two passionate foreigners and local long-established communities can be mutually beneficial, especially if the common aim is the conservation of an ecosystem, which is also a world heritage. Increase awareness on the importance of conservation, sustainable development, tourism sustainability, value and respect of local cultures, and on the close ties between nature and cultural heritage is another main goal. This goes well along with the aim of fostering Great Wall ecosystem environmental preservation through sharing positive practices and new solutions abiding from mutual dialogue and common experiences. Collecting and sharing views, tools, experience and examples of various local communities on development opportunities while respecting and conserving the environment, in order to conduct sustainable activities. 

All of this will be made stressing the splendor and variety of rural local cultures in China, less famous than touristic sights, nonetheless characterized by an equally relevant cultural heritage, fostering their conservation. Understanding whether habits, food, typical products, myths and beliefs of various communities living along different spots of the Wall share similarities due to this common characteristic; in other terms, the goal consists of understanding whether the Ming Dynasty Wall has been a “Great Road” connecting and influencing distant communities living along it. We intend to encourage this new study approach integration to existing ones.

At the end of the day, inspiring explorers and dreamers of all ages, showing that even small steps may have a positive impact on a wider community, is the final reason why this initiative came to life. The aim is to show that the Chinese proverb “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” is not just a common saying, instead it can become true with the right balance between passion, reason and preparation.



The Great Wall meaning for Chinese people

2021-03-14 22:19


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The Great Wall meaning for Chinese people

The Great Wall spiritual, historical, historical, cultural, military, and spiritual meanings for the Chinese.




The Great Wall meaning for Chinese people



The Great Wall is an incredibly important monument for China and it has a variety of spiritual, historical, historical, cultural, military, and spiritual meanings for the Chinese. 


The Great Wall is, above all, the spiritual symbol of the Chinese nation. It resembles a perennial monument demonstrating the splendid civilization of the country, strengthening its cultural self-confidence. Moreover, it condenses the painstaking efforts and wisdom of the working people in ancient China who built the entire structure who successfully came to us.


The UNESCO World Heritage Committee evaluated the historical and cultural value and characteristics of the Great Wall as reflecting “the collision and exchanges between ancient Chinese farming civilization and nomadic civilization” (长城反映了中国古代农耕文明和游牧文明的相互碰撞与交流). Therefore, in 1987, the Great Wall was included in the UNESCO "World Heritage List".


The symbolic relevance of the Great Wall from a variety of perspectives is  embodied in the Ming sections. The Ming Great Wall is also a masterpiece embodying the country’s military’s strategic thinking into a sinuous grey-bricked structure blending into the natural landscape. It defended against foreign invasions. At the same time, the difficulties of its construction have become an important subject in many ancient Chinese literature. During the Spring and Autumn Period, the Chinese built defensive projects on the northern border.


The construction of the Great Wall enabled the migration of people and the spread of folk culture. The rammed earth walls built in Gansu during the Western Han Dynasty and the impressive and world-renowned brick walls in the above-mentioned Ming Dynasty are also unique testimonies of ancient Chinese civilization.

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