Epic journey through decades that inspires – for myself, trekking along the Great Wall in an ‘interface’ with history is high up the agenda; but to even contemplate running the distance, wow. Kneecaps and joints of steel!
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A life by the wall
By Mark Graham
Source – China Daily, published April 28, 2013
Not even a Chinese knows the Great Wall of China as well as this British adventurer and writer. Mark Graham talks to the man who has spent much of his life exploring the whole length of mankind’s most ambitious building project.
When, as a schoolboy, William Lindesay announced grand plans to explore the Great Wall, nobody took him too seriously. But Lindesay achieved his goal – and much more – by running the length of it, spending four years of his life on the iconic structure and becoming one of the world’s foremost experts on its rich history.
More than a quarter of a century has passed since Lindesay’s solo run along the Great Wall, an epic journey from the far west of China to the point where the structure meets the sea, and to mark the occasion, he has released a new book, The Great Wall Explained, with a series of stunning photographs and fascinating essays.
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