Great Wall of China

Two Japanese tourists die in Great Wall of China storm

Police evacuate a man who was trapped when hundreds of vehicles were blocked by heavy snow on an expressway in Yanqing county near Beijing. Photo: AP

Two elderly Japanese tourists died and another was missing after being trapped in sudden, heavy snowstorms during a visit to the Great Wall of China, state media reported on Monday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

The man who hit the wall and ran on

William Lindesay on his epic Great Wall journey 25 years ago.

Long before ultra-running became popular, William Lindesay embarked on a wacky solo mission to run the length of the Great Wall - an adventure that saw him endure fiercely painful blisters, live in constant fear of arrest, and risk the possibility of a lonely and painful death in the wilderness.

23 Oct 2012 - 10:08am

China Digest, September 24, 2012


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24 Sep 2012 - 3:06am

Living off the wall

Few people are more knowledgeable about the Great Wall than William Lindesay, who once ran more than 2,000 kilometres along China's most famous structure.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Above and beyond the wall

For the last week or so of our 5,000-kilometre Walking Home From Mongolia adventure, my expedition partner Leon McCarron and I have been following the Great Wall of China westwards along the ridges and valleys of northern Shanxi.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Legends of the wall

You would think that finding the Great Wall of China would be easy. I had seen it on the pages of our Chinese road atlas for some time, marked clearly by a jagged symbol. However, on my iPhone's Google Maps, even when I zoomed in, the wall was indistinguishable from a dusty road. I suppose this dispels the myth that you can see the Great Wall from space.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rugged terrain is a treat

The Great Wall at Huangya Pass weaves across the northern tip of Tianjin municipality, a 45-minute drive north of Jixian County, where the same range culminates in the Pan Shan Buddhist peaks.

From the pass, the Great Wall extends northwards into Hebei Province.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Blown opportunity to bring the wall to life

The Great Wall: A Cultural History by Carlos Rojas Harvard University Press HK$220

Great myths deserve great books, and few more so than the Great Wall of China. The wall is a common trope in modern propaganda, often snaking behind photoshopped PLA soldiers allegorically guarding the frontier.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Tee time

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Historic icons are a hit

Dinner in the Forbidden City, a fashion show on the Great Wall, a cocktail party in the Great Hall of the People.

These - and many other novel options - are possible to organise in Beijing, a city that has a mind-blowing array of venues for anyone planning programmes for convention or incentive groups.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

At a Glance - Beijing

SCHOOLS Beijing has a range of K-12 fee-paying schools catering to the international community, with most located in Chaoyang district. Many gear students towards the International Baccalaureate, while the Australian, Swedish and French schools focus on their own country-specific curricula. The Beijing No 55 Middle School also enrols foreign students and conducts classes mainly in Putonghua.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

The Great Wall

Seen from space?

Contrary to popular belief, it can't be seen from the Moon. It was not built as one long wall - different Chinese dynasties built different walls, and they connect in places. But the Great Wall of China is truly great, and it is one of the places in the world you have to visit.

1 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Tiananmen flag-raising sets off celebration

Week of holidays begins with upbeat Beijing gala

Tens of thousands of tourists flocked to Tiananmen Square in central Beijing in the early hours yesterday to watch the flag-raising ceremony, as millions of mainlanders went on the move for the National Day holiday.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

by John Man

Bantam Press, HK$200

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

FYI: Is China's Great Wall really the only man-made object visible from space?

It's undoubtedly big, and a very impressive feat of engineering, but contrary to established wisdom, the Great Wall of China isn't the only human achievement that can be seen all the way from the heavens - in fact, it's not even visible from space.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am