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"Metal Soup" Great Wall

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Great Wall of ChinaOn the outskirts of Beijing, there is a famous section of the Great Wall called Huang Hua Cheng (the yellow flower fortress).  It was so named for the hills covered by yellow flowers in the summer.

There is a famous story about the construction of this section of the wall. During the Ming dynasty, the emperor ordered a general named Cai Kai to build the Huanghuacheng Great Wall. Cai Kai employed meticulous quality control and spent several arduous years to finish this task. However, he was soon beheaded when the ministry of war got wind of his extravagance. The emperor realized he had wronged Cai Kai after an official found the wall to be extraordinarily solid and steep.

Later, the emperor built a tomb and tombstone for Cai Kai to commemorate his great contribution. At the same time, he had someone engrave "Jintang" (Metal Soup) into a rock to describe the sturdiness of this section of the Great Wall. Therefore, Huanghuacheng Wall is also referred to as Jintang Great Wall.

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