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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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For thousands of years, why people love bridge, Ode to Bridge, from the following reasons:
First, the bridge has a practical function. Bridge is an extension of the road, to bring the convenience of transportation. If there is no bridge, people will lose the collusion.
Secondly, because the bridge has artistic features. Bridge can be integrated into the environment, landscaping, a famous bridge is definitely a place beautiful landscape.
Third, the bridge has a rich cultural heritage. Hangzhou West Lake Broken Bridge with thawing snow, Xi'an Baqiao bid willow farewell customs, Slender West Lake "Twenty Four Bridge moon night" all have rich cultural connotations.

Characteristic of Chinese Culture
Chinese bridge cultural entities reflect intellectual and cultural achievements and scientific and cultural achievements of each era. It is a typical specimen of social productivity levels in various historical periods, showing the ability of human conquest of nature.

Bridge culture has rich meanings. The officials in ancient China focused on the bridge culture and politics. In ancient times, "official term for the benefit of the party" is ideal of honest and upright official. Road and bridge building is an important political objective, rulers personally presided over the bridge-building is an excellent political and cultural traditions.

Religion inject religion and culture on the bridge. Religious believers will contribute to build a bridge, leaving the men and women in the name of the on the bridge and bridge monument. Lotus on the stone bridge belongs to the Buddhist culture. Immortals patterns belong Taoist culture.

Bridge technology designers create wonderful sculpture on the bridge. Craftsmen who design all kinds of decorative artwork as needed bridge folk culture. Bridge lions, various absorbent stone beast assume the role of the patron saint of the bridge. stone lion, unicorn stone carving, stone elephants, gourd carving on bridge pillars and Ssangyong play Kirin stone, the Lions play hydrangea stone on bridge parapet are all full of traditional themes, each with different local characteristics. Railing iron inset on the railing of Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge is very beautiful, people are still full of praise.

All kinds of scholars, writers are creating cultural bridges from different angles. As many bridge, bridge monument, bridge name bridge painting, bridges photography, bridge calligraphy, bridge science and technology theory, bridge social science theory, bridges monographs, bridges papers, bridges story, bridges literary works, bridges and television works, bridge site bridges are all bridge cultural products.

And the bridge-related historical events, historical figures will be assigned to a specific bridge the cultural connotation. Luding Bridge has a military culture of Red Army’s fight their way across the river; Marco Polo Bridge has "77" kicks off the war of political culture; Tingsi Bridge has the celebrity culture of Northern Expedition when Ye Ting earned famous exploits.

China's Top Ten Famous Bridges
Marco Polo Bridge
Marco Polo Bridge is located 10 km southwest of Beijing Guanganmen, built in 1189, is an arch stone bridge, about 265 meters. There are 241 looking columns, each pillar is carved with lions.

Guangji Bridge
Guangji Bridge located outside the east gate of Guangdong Chao Zhou, is an ancient Chinese transportation, commercial integrated bridge. It is the world's first switch movable large stone bridge.

Five-pavilion Bridge
The Five Pavilion Bridge located within the Slender West Lake. Abutment is 12 different sizes of bluestone brick piers; as arch bridge roll, jointly by three different volumes. There is a total of 15 holes while each hole interlinked and each gallery interlinked as well.

Anping Bridge
Anping Bridge is located in Jin Jiang, Fujian Anhai Town. Deck by seven large stone-paved, the bridge has a hexagonal tower of a five-story brick structure. It is China's largest ancient stone bridge beam and has the reputation of “the world’s longest stone bridge”.

Zhaozhou Bridge
Zhaozhou Bridge located on the River of Hebei Zhao County. It is a single-hole stone arch bridge 10 meters wide, on both sides of the board carved 42 dragon-like beast.

Wind-rain Bridge
Wind-rain Bridge is located on the Linxi River of Guangxi Sanjiang County. It is a wooden pier surface and tile roof structure. There are five pavilions on the bridge which can avoid the storm. The whole bridge was built without a nail, looks fine and firm.

Iron Chain Bridge
Iron chain bridge is located on the Dadu River in Luding County, Sichuan. A total length of 136 meters, a width of 3 meters, lined by 13 sized thick chains on both sides of cliffs which lay side by side with nine chains. The above a wood bridge deck and the other two on both sides of the deck is armrest. Each chain weighs about 2000 kg.

Pentameter Bridge
Pentameter Bridge is located on Hebei Dongling Shunzhi Xiaoling. Both sides of the bridge deck is equipped with 126 calcite steeplechases. When percussion, it emits a wonderful sounds.

Jade Belt Bridge
Jade Belt Bridge is located in the summer palace in Beijing. It was built with white stones, the arch is a tapered shape. The bridge deck presents double-pass reverse bending. The body of the bridge is made by white marble, both sides of the fence are beautifully carved white looking columns.

Cross Bridge
The cross bridge is located in Taiyuan, Shanxi Jinci Temple. The bridge presents a cross shape. The whole bridge is supported by 34 iron octagonal stone. Top of the column have cedar brackets and longitudinal beam connection.

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