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Old Dragon's Head

Qinhuangdao, China

The Old Dragon’s Head section of the Great Wall is located in the Shanhaiguan Town of Hebei Province, China. It was considered the perfect defense against invaders from land as well as from the Bohai Sea. When seen from a distance it looks like a dragon bowing its head to drink water from the sea, hence the name. It was constructed during the Ming Dynasty with a mix of mud, sand, glutinous-rice syrup, and lime. This section is one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China. The Wall, the surrounding seaside, and nearby temples have made the region a major tourist destination.

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