Beginning in the 7th century BC, a series of massive defensive fortifications were constructed along China's northern border. Built to protect China from northern attacks, the walls stretched out for thousands of kilometers, many joining together to become the Great Wall of China. Over several centuries, the wall and thousands of supporting structures were built across mountains, deserts, and rivers, eventually stretching more than 20,000 kilometers in length. Sections of the wall near large cities are well-maintained, but many remote areas are slowly being reclaimed by nature. Gathered here are images of the Great Wall over the years, from its westernmost pass at Jiayuguan to where it meets the sea in Qinhuangdao. Part of the Great Wall of China at Jinshan, framed by an arch, on the outskirts of Beijing, on August 12, 2003. (Reuters/Guang Niu)
|The Great Wall of China|
China puts on spectacular light and fireworks show to celebrate the completion of the world's longest sea bridge
- Stunning fireworks were a part of the lighting-up ceremony for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
- Main part of the 34-mile traffic link has been complete, but the opening date is yet to be decided
- The £12 billion project also includes a 4.2-mile tunnel, said to be the world's longest undersea passage
- Workers used 420,000 tonnes of steel to build the bridge, which would be enough to build 60 Eiffel Towers
|THREE GORGES DAM|
It is an scene of almost apocalyptic proportions.
Bystanders are dwarfed as they stand watching a tremendous rush of water gushing through gaps in a dam in China, part of a carefully-choreographed operation to remove silt from the Yellow River in Luoyang, in the Henan province.
This annual operation sees more than 30 million tonnes of silt sent downstream a year, with more than 390 million tonnes shifted this way over the last 13 years.