The Lonely Guardian

China Scenic - - Lems -

Gansu Prov­ince’s Hexi Cor­ri­dor is a cru­cial pas­sage of the great Silk Road, a place where ver­dant oases al­low life to flour­ish in the desert. Here the rem­nants of the Great Wall are ev­ery­where, hold­ing se­crets of the great dy­nas­ties gone by, great mys­ter­ies that shall per­haps never be re­vealed. In Gansu, there are many places whose names con­tain the Chi­nese char­ac­ter “堡” (pro­nounced as bao), mean­ing there once ex­isted a fortress for armies. These fortresses were also part of the winding de­fense sys­tem. The “earth mound” in the photo is ac­tu­ally one of the ru­ins of the an­cient forts, and also one of the rel­a­tively well-pre­served ones. Noth­ing lasts for­ever; that is his­tory.

Photo/ Ge Ai

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