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A Bridge between China and the Rest of the World



Please join us for a film that explores one of the world’s most desolate and beautiful locations. Running across the Great Eastern Steppe, and labelled on Mongolian maps as “The Wall of Genghis Khan,” are structures totaling more than 1500 km in length. At the border with China, it crosses under a barbed-wire fence -- and becomes “The Great Wall” on Chinese maps.  To explore these monuments and possible links to the conqueror Genghis Khan, William Lindesay -- the world’s leading researcher on what he calls “the Great Wall Outside China” -- embarked on a 60-day journey to see the structures and film them from the air using camera drones.  In the summer of 2016, William, his wife, and two sons explored the Wall of Genghis Khan, a journey filmed entirely by sons James and Thomas, who edited the footage into a documentary feature that has been featured on BBC News and Discovery Channel. After the showing the flmmakers will answer questions from the audience.

WHEN: Sunday, June 11 from 1600-1730 PM

WHERE: Capital M www.m-restaurantgroup.com  tel (86 10) 6702 2727 3/F, No. 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (overlooking Tian'anmen Square) 
Beijing 中国 北京市 前门步行街2号3层

RSVP: communications.ras.bj@gmail.com please write “Wall” in subject header.

HOW MUCH: RMB 75 per person, which includes a welcome drink

MORE ABOUT THE LINDESAYS: William Lindesay OBE is an honorary senior research fellow at Liverpool University, where he studied geography and geology in the 1970s. In 1987, he made the first documented traverse of the ruins of the Great Wall on foot, covering 2,470 km. Since 1990 he’s resided in China. He’s authored five books on the Great Wall and created / curated two national exhibitions in Beijing -- one at the Capital Museum and a second at the Imperial Academy -- as well as seven provincial exhibitions.

     William’s sons James, 22, and Thomas,16 – the “Drone Boys” -- have grown up sharing their father’s passion and spending weekends at the Great Wall in their family’s nearby farmhouse. Each has made two journeys along the full length of the Ming Great Wall as well as three ‘Genghis Khan Wall” expeditions.

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