Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Notes

China Scenic - - EXPLORE -

(1)The un­der­wa­ter Xifengkou Great Wall has lost much of its grandeur. It is silent and gen­tle, un­der a coat of green alga. It be­came pitch black 20 me­ters be­low the wa­ter and the only sound was that of our breath­ing. (2) Soon enough, I came across a watch­tower. Upon en­ter­ing, the light could hardly pen­e­trate the dark wa­ter. (3)As time went by, sev­eral houses con­structed by back­ing the Wall ap­peared in front of me. There were even cook­ing benches and kang (heated brick beds) in­side them. (4) Not un­til Oc­to­ber 2009 did we dis­cov­ered this arched gate­way 50 me­ters un­der the wa­ter. I was cry­ing out ex­cit­edly in­side my head—in the dis­tance, I re­al­ized that we had found the south gate of the Xifengkou Fortress.

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