China is one of the birth places of human civilisation. With an exotic historical past, China has attracted travellers and tourists from around the world for hundreds of years. In a recent trip to China, Shamsuddoza Sajen of The Daily Star has tried to get a glimpse of the grandeur of Ancient China through his visits to the Great Wall, the Shimao Site and the Terracota Warrior Sites.
When we talk about China, the image that generally comes to our mind is that of an economic miracle. But during a recent trip to China, I had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the achievements of ancient China, which is a testament to the grandiose of this primieval civilisation.
The tour was arranged by China Daily, a leading English newspaper of China. They had invited 20 journalists from 12 countries of Asia for a five-day stay, from Sept 24- Sept 28, and we had the opportunity to visit three important landmarks of ancient Chinese civilization.
On the first day of the trip, we visited the Zhenbei Observation Deck, which is about five to six kilometres away from Yulin, the northern most part of Shaanxi province. The largest watch tower along the Great Wall, the deck was constructed in 1607 during the Ming Dynasty.