Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Annual Nanjing City Wall Walk and HNC BBQ

The HNC's annual Nanjing City Wall Walk was held on Saturday, April 26.  This year's route took students from Zhongshan Gate to Xuanwu Gate.  One of the key historical and cultural remains of the Ming Dynasty, the wall was designed by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (1368-98) after he founded the Ming Dynasty and established Nanjing as the capital.  Completed in 1386, it took 21 years and up to 350 million bricks to build the wall.  According to historical records, Zhu Yuanzhang ordered 118 counties to make bricks for the wall.  Each brick was engraved with the names of officials who were responsible for the brick quality.  Although Nanjing's city wall is not complete today, Nanjing is one of the few cities that still has its ancient city wall mostly intact.

Following the Wall Walk, the HNC Class Committee organized a barbeque party in the Center's courtyard for students to take a study break and enjoy food, drinks, music, and each others company.

Check out pictures from the day below!

HNC students jump for joy on the Nanjing City Wall
HNC students and staff enjoyed an afternoon on the Wall Walk
All ready for the barbeque!
HNC students fire up the grill
Students mingle over delicious food and drinks
Students had the opportunity to enjoy live music performed by their classmates