Laoniuwan. The Great Wall and the Yellow River.

Rem Sapozhnikov / August 13, 2016
I was the first person in our bus, or possibly the second one – after the driver – who noticed that we were approaching to the Yellow River.

“Look, it's Huang He!” – I cried out in Russian.

Then I recovered from the amazement and repeated the same thing in English. At once, everyone clung to the windows.
The Yellow River is the longest river of China, its length is 5464 km.
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Chinese civilization originated in the Yellow River basin.
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Powerful and uninhibited Yellow River carves its way through mountains and rocks.
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There are different versions of why the bay is called "the Old Ox Bay". One of them tells about the ox, which during a prolonged flooding was endowed with a super power and plowed the land in such a manner that created a bay, and the water level decreased. A more realistic version is that the bay or one of the hills next to it resemble a ox's head.
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In recent years, the hiking tourist route from the Laoniuwan to Beijing, along the Great Wall of China, taking 35 days, is growing in popularity. While making through it, one must cover 25 km every day.
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The first fortress was built here in 1467. Later, in 1544, to enhance the capabilities of the garrison located here, they built the Wanghe Tower (望河楼 - Wànghélóu). Literal translation is "the tower to observe the river".

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