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 provinces crossed by the Ming Dynasty Great Wall

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The provinces crossed by the Ming Dynasty Great Wall

The Ming Great Wall crosses 9 Chinese provinces: Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Liaoning.




The Ming Great Wall crosses 9 Chinese provinces: Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Liaoning.




The Ming Great Wall crosses 9 Chinese provinces: Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Liaoning.

Gansu (甘 肃 省) is a mountainous province located in northwestern China, with fluctuating temperature and precipitations. The population is concentrated in the southern part, where they traditionally practice agricultural activities.

Ningxia (宁夏回族自治区) is an autonomous desert area located in north-central China, with a fertile valley in the north, where rice and wheat are produced. The predominantly rural population is sparsely located in the province.

Shaanxi (陕西省) is divides in three natural regions: a mountainous area, a plateau and valleys. The climate is subtropical in the south and continental in the north. Most population lives in the fertile valleys.

Inner Mongolia (内蒙古自治区) is an autonomous region characterized by a vast plateau, with deserts in the north and rich grasslands in the center. The traditionally agricultural and pastoral province is urbanizing fast.


Shanxi (山西省) is a semiarid provinces, which suffered from deforestation in the past. It is important for extraction of coal, anthracite, iron ore, and metallic element. As it is crossed by important rivers, hydroelectric power is well developed.

Beijing (北京市), China’s capital and municipality, is the political and cultural center of the country. It is dry highly populated region.

Tianjin (天津市) is the third largest municipality in China. Its climate is humid in summer and dry in winter. It is well-known for its harbor, the most important in northern China.


Hebei (河北省) is a mountainous humid province located in east-northern China, a vast green area covered by forests. It is famous for the production of grain and cotton.


Liaoning (辽宁省) is a provinces located in east-northern China, characterized by a central lowland, where the most of the population lives and grow crops or conduct industrial activities.






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