The Lonely Guardian
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.