Looking around, nearly all that I could see was as it was when the wall was first built centuries ago. Walking on the Great Wall was more than stepping on a big pile of bricks. It was walking on history -- feeling the way that the Chinese and the Mongols felt when they encountered it. Strangely to us, many Chinese regard the structure as just a wall -- a simple fact of life. Much the same way, I think, that we regard 90-story buildings in New York City as just a place to go work. Being at the Great Wall was a surreal experience.
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