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.



Inner Mongolia 内蒙古

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Inner Mongolia 内蒙古

Discover Inner Mongolia 内蒙古



Discover Inner Mongolia 内蒙古



Inner Mongolia, 内蒙古, is an autonomous region located in northern China. Its capital is Hohhot (呼和浩特). Inner Mongolia mainly consists of an flat inland plateau of 1,000 m above sea level, fringed by valleys and mountains. The Gobi desert in the north, the Da Hinggan Range (大兴安岭)in the east and the Argun river (额尔古纳河) along the border with Russia are the three most relevant geographic features in the vast area. The climate is continental.


Ethnic groups and cultural heritage

5 ethnic groups live in Inner Mongolia: Daur, Han, Hui, Manchu and Mongol.

The languages mainly spoken in the area are Mandarin,  and various Mongolian dialects. The predominant religious belief is a combination of Confucianism, Tibetan Buddhism and Daoism, influenced by local Mongol traditions.

Both the Tibetan Buddhist and the Mongol influences have always been extremely important in shaping the local culture. Inner Mongolian. Inner Mongolia is an historic centre of Chinese civilization, since its position is strategic for trade all over Asia and all over the area there is a mixture of agrarian Han culture and nomadic Mongol traditions.

Great Wall

The first relics of the Great Wall in Shaanxi date back to the Warrior States period (475-221 BC). The Wall was extended under the Qin Dynasty (221 – 207 BC), and later under the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD)

The length of the Great Wall in Inner Mongolia, built under the highest variety of dynasties compared to other Chinese provinces, accounts for one third of the whole length of the Wall.

The most famous remaining sections of the Great Wall in Inner Mongolia are Gaoque Fortress (高克堡垒), Jilu Fortress, Juyan Fortress and Qingshuihe.

The remaining parts of the Great Wall in the province are at risk, mostly due to centuries of natural erosion under a harsh climate.






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