I have been travelling throughout China following in the footsteps of explorers & adventurers and picking up some amazing stories along the way and some Chinese Wisdom too.
The Great Wall of China
Extract from “This Is Your Quest” – Chapter 1 – Page 18: “From the beginning of time, travelling has been part of human nature. Throughout history travelers and explorers have sought adventure for various reasons such as the search for trading routes, religious sites, pilgrimage, fame & fortune, conquests, science & knowledge. The Qin Dynasty was the first dynasty of Imperial China. During this time, many nomadic groups were fighting each other for territories, dominance and prosperity. The Great Wall of China was built during the Qin Dynasty in order to protect the Chinese State against numerous raids from nomadic groups of the Eurasian steppes …”
The Great Wall of China was built because the Mongolian Warriors were superior in height, size and strength compared to the Chinese Warriors and were therefore better warriors than the Chinese. The Mongolians were the first one to produce and consume dairy products because of the geography and area where they lived. Their diet was rich in protein and calcium which made them bigger & stronger compared to the Chinese. The Chinese realized that the odds of them winning battles 🤼♂️ against the Mongolians were not in their favor. So they built a wall that stretch over 6000 km to protect their population.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS: DIET & SIZE MATTER 💪 A GREAT DEAL!
The Silk Road
Extract from “This Is Your Quest” – Chapter 1 – Page 21:”The Qin Dynasty was followed by the Han Dynasty whose ambition was to seek new trading routes and also to expand their territory and influence West. Zhang Quan was appointed Chinese Imperial Envoy in 138 BC and his mission was to ensure the safety of the trading routes. His journey into the heart of Asia would result in the most important Silk Trading Route in human history. While many different kinds of merchandise traveled along the Silk Road, the name comes from the popularity of Chinese Silk with the West, especially with Rome. The Silk Road played a significant role in the development of the civilizations of China, Korea, Japan, Persia, Europe, the Horn of Africa & Arabia opening long distance political and economic relationships between those countries. It was although through the Silk Road that religion, philosophy, technology and disease ( most notably the plague) spread along the route.” Fast forward to the 21st Century, China announced in 2013 that it will resurrect the Silk Road. The initiative will encompass land routes (the “Belt”) and maritime routes (the “road”) with the goal of improving trade relationships in the region primarily through infrastructure investments. The vision is for “connectivity” and to trigger a new golden age of commerce that will benefit all.