China's new borders


For tourists visiting Beijing, the Great Wall is no more than a half-day's journey from the capital. Not so long ago, it was China's northern border, marking the cultural, political and economic boundary between the nomadic Mongols to the north and the settled Han Chinese to the south. For the last four centuries, this vast northern area has been the source of bloody battles between Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Mongol, Manchu and Korean armies. The story of these struggles is told in the constantly changing borders of the region’s historical maps.

Robert Cribb

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