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Ever wanted to learn about the fascinating 2,300-year-long history and discover parts of the Great Wall that many don’t know?
Escape the city and slow down the pace of life to the countryside with a day adventure out with conservationist and Great Wall expert William Lindesay. Join like-minded adventurers for an epic discovery of China’s most iconic landmark in a way you’ve never before. With new eyes and untold stories from the Lindesay family, you’ll be sure to have an awakened appreciation and inside look into the Great Wall.
Learn more about the Great Wall with our recent book talk on Lindesay’s The Great Wall in 50 Objects which examines the landmark’s fascinating history through global artifacts. Catch our conversation here.
William Lindesay has spent more than 800 days on the Great Wall during his many years in China, completing “the most successful foreign exploration of the Great Wall” according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.
The British researcher has conducted extensive surveys on the Beijing portion of the Great Wall, publishing three books on the subject including documentation of his 2,470km solo journey Alone on the Great Wall. Organizing efforts to protect this wonder of the world, William has founded several societies and programs that engage in Great Wall conservation.
In 2001 he founded “International Friends of the Great Wall”, a Hong Kong based society to assist China’s cultural relics protection team in preserving the Great Wall.
Lindesay’s contributions to the conservation of the Great Wall and Sino-UK relations have earned him international recognition. In 1998, he was awarded the Friendship Award – the highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress – by the government of the People’s Republic of China for his lifelong work in conserving the Great Wall. He received the medal from former Premier Zhu Rongji.
In 2006, Lindesay was included in the 2006 New Years Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List, and was made an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to UK-China understanding and to international conservation of the Great Wall.
In 2008, he was named a “Top Ten National Defender of Cultural Heritage” by the Chinese government, and in 2016, he was awarded the Special Award of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs in recognition of exceptionally outstanding and unusual achievement in Asia.
One rarely finds a perfect story of the distant past, complete and in one place, and certainly not for such a complex series of landmarking structures known simply as the Great Wall of China. Rather, one must embark on a journey, gather the parts of the story and slowly piece them together.