Tony Mangan was born in Dublin in 1958. He was an innocent and harmless little boy lived in a simple Ireland. He was an obedient and active child.
Now he is entering China. When he does his passport will be checked. There the Chinese officials will be understood for being surprised at the amount of stamps that have been placed on his passport in aid of preventing cancer and instead heralding attention for early cancer screening.
For the Chinese to be wary of such an immigrant is not unusual for them. For it was more than 2,300 years that the Long Wall of China was built. It was built in different areas by a variety of dynasties throughout their history to protect different territorial borders.
It was this time of the year in Autumn ( and partly in Spring) that the first part of the wall was built. Then the eastern and central region of the country consisted of many small princedoms. It is thought that the earliest part was built between the states of Lu and Qi around 650BC.
From 247- 221 BC Qin Shihuang became emperor of China and he ordered that the northern part of the wall built by Qin, Zhao and Yan be all joined together. This all took 9 years to complete. By this time the wall was in excess of 5,000 kilometers.
Then, after Qin died, the Han dynasty took over. Orders to strengthen and lengthen the wall were obliged and the wall grew from the North Korea coast near Pyongyang in the east to Jade Gate Pass in the west .
Though a short leadership of China the Northen Qi dynasty ( 550-577) still further built up the wall and even constructed an ‘Inner Great Wall’ before the Sui Dynasty (581–618) fortified things further in their time.
The Song Dynasty (960–1279) and the The Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) continued to fortify the wall before eventually in sixty one years ago it was opened to the public as a tourist attraction.
Throughout all of these Chinese dynasties the wonder is ‘why was the great wall of China built in the first place?
In reality, China wanted to be defended from intruders and invasion. Yet not, the wall comprising of 21,196.18 km in length allows people to walk it.
Oddly, as Tony Mangan is in his sixty first year on earth and was born around the time the wall was opened to the public and as he has a habit of walking thousands of kilometers, he now enters China with perhaps, another strip of a walk to wander to add to his World Walk.
With all those royal dynasties of Chinese people you would think that they would have seen the intrusion of Tony Mangan as being unwelcome and continued to build the wall so that he could not come in to their country.
Then again, Tony was always an innocent and harmless little boy who came from simple Ireland. His obedience and active childlike qualities should walk throughout China with little fuss.
Still, let`s hope his presence in China does not throw off the centuries of leadership and motivate the Chinese to begin building a wall in order stop us all from wondering at the awe of both their and Tony’s achievements.