• Short Summary

    A CAMERA TEAM FROM ITALIAN TELEVISION HAS JUST RETURNED FROM THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC WITH NEW FILM OF ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S OLDEST AND MOST MAGNIFICENT MONUMENTS, THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA.

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    A CAMERA TEAM FROM ITALIAN TELEVISION HAS JUST RETURNED FROM THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC WITH NEW FILM OF ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S OLDEST AND MOST MAGNIFICENT MONUMENTS, THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA.

    THE GREAT WALL WAS BUILT IN THE THIRD CENTURY BC BY THE "FIRST EMPEROR OF CH'IN", WHO BROUGHT ALL CHINA UNDER HIS SWAY ABOUT 221 BC. EVEN BEFORE THAT THE CHINESE DEFENDED THEIR TERRITORY WITH HUGE WALLS, BUT IT WAS HE WHO LINKED UP EARLIER STRETCHES TO MAKE ONE LONG WALL REACHING 1,500 MILES (2,400 KM) FROM THE YELLOW SEA IN THE EAST TO THE MOUNTAIN GATES OF CENTRAL ASIA.

    FOR CENTURIES THE WALL MARKED CHINA'S NORTHERN LIMITS; SOMETIMES THE NOMADS TO THE NORTH CAME UNDER CHINESE DOMINATION, AT OTHERS THEY POURED THROUGH THE ATTACK THE CIVILISED PEOPLE TO THE SOUTH. SEVERAL TIMES LATER EMPERORS UNDERTOOK THE GIGANTIC TASK OF REBUILDING THE GREAT WALL.

    TODAY THE WALL HAS MORE OF A SYMBOLIC THAN A PRACTICAL VALUE -- IT LIES WELL TO THE SOUTH OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC'S BORDERS WITH THE USSR AND OUTER MONGOLIA. BUT IT IS CLEAR FROM HIS FILM THAT THE PEOPLE OF MODERN CHINA VALUE THIS MASSIVE SURVIVAL FROM THE PAST, NOT ONLY AS A HISTORIC MONUMENT, BUT AS A PRACTICAL MEANS OF TRAVEL IN THE MOUNTAINOUS COUNTRY THROUGH WHICH IT PASSES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3J584IWOSXRLGGXZEV6SVDU40
    Media URN:
    VLVA3J584IWOSXRLGGXZEV6SVDU40
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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