Alter Drachenkopf - Old Dragon's Head

Laolongtou – Old Dragon’s Head, Qinghuangdao 2015

Laolongtou is the place where the Great Wall meets the sea. It is located five kilometers south of Shanhaiguan and was built in 1381 under Qi Jiguang, a general of the Ming Dynasty.

Like a dragon, the wall winds through China and here the dragon stretches its mouth 23 meters into the sea, hence the name. It was an important defensive point against enemies on land and water.

After the establishment of the Qing Dynasty, the place lost its military importance and became more and more a tourist attraction. Even emperors were regular visitors.

 

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