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【Photography Journey】Great Wall Culture

2023-07-19

This recommended route of photography combines the characteristics of professional photography enthusiasts and regular tourists after field visits.

Starting from Mutianyu Great Wall, you can capture the entire process of sunrise on the Great Wall in the early morning. In the morning, you can photograph the highlights of the Great Wall, such as the Bull's Horn. In the afternoon, you can visit the International Cultural Village at the foot of the Great Wall for cultural inspiration, and you can also choose to capture the sunset on the Great Wall in the evening. Climbing the Great Wall, admiring its scenic beauty, and understanding its international cultural significance are the essence of this route. The Great Wall is a symbol of Chinese culture, and the western-style folk customs introduced by foreigners in the small village at the foot of the Great Wall have preserved the traditional local architecture while incorporating elements such as fireplaces, chandeliers, and oil paintings. These fusions of Eastern and Western aesthetics are highly appealing to photography enthusiasts.

The next scene is the "Hidden Village in the Deep Mountains," known as Bohai Town. According to historical records, during the late Tang Dynasty, due to rebellions by jiedushi (regional military governors), the area north of Beijing was plagued by warfare. The Mohe people from Youzhou eventually settled in the Bohai Suo area, which they considered an ideal place to escape the conflicts, and they named their settlement "Bohai" to remember their homeland and tribe. The simple rural folks and the rustic and tranquil village scenes are reminiscent of a secluded paradise where one can find self-sufficiency and enjoy a carefree life.

The Cliff Stone Scenic Area is a natural landscape area that combines historical imitations, cliff carvings, and eco-hotels. Within the scenic area, there are remains of a Ming Dynasty garrison fortress and ancient Great Wall ruins. Legend has it that during the early Ming Dynasty, due to surveying errors, a section of the Great Wall was abruptly halted here, creating the famous "Erroneous Great Wall" in Beijing, commonly known as the "Dala Bian." The valley is dotted with nine Ming Dynasty cliff carvings, making it an excellent destination for outdoor activities such as camping, rock climbing, and traversing.

Further exploration takes you to Xiangshui Lake Scenic Area, where you'll pass by the stylish homestay, Xiangshui 008. Xiangshui 008 is a weekend outdoor camping destination with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. It is a paradise for children's play, a haven for food lovers, and the evening sky matches the lights of the campsite. Enjoying the campfire, fried chicken and beer, popcorn, and french fries, while also experiencing outdoor movies is a delightful experience. The scent of lavender lingers in the air, creating a tranquil atmosphere. Capture this beautiful moment with your lens.

The final destination is Xiangshui Lake, a natural scenic valley that combines the Great Wall, ancient caves, mountains, springs, ponds and waterfalls. The extremely steep and untouched section of the Great Wall, which has withstood the test of time, still stands like a soaring dragon, piercing the sky, and presents a magnificent sight. The Wellness Valley and the Source Valley are narrow and steep, with towering cliffs. Looking up, you'll see majestic city walls and steep peaks, while looking down, you'll see gurgling springs, slopes adorned with flowers and plants, creating a breathtaking view.

Each section of the Great Wall has its own unique style and characteristics that come alive in vivid colors through the lens. However, the greatest charm lies in the stories and history that have unfolded here, providing us with a magical experience.