Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Great Poetry Wall of China
A memorial wall engraved with 20 poems selected by local experts was made public this week as China observed a catastrophic earthquake that rocked southwest China's Sichuan Province three years ago.
The wall, which will bear comparisons with the Great Wall of China but is somewhat smaller, measuring 2.28 meters high and 51.2 meters long,.
It can be found in the Chuanxindian Quake Ruins Park in Yinghua Township in Shifang City, one of the worst-hit areas in Sichuan, where the disaster left more than 80,000 dead or missing, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
The poems are said to express deep sympathy for the victims of an earhquake whose death tool dwarfs that of Japan's earthquake and tsunami this year.
Comparisons with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC are likely to be made.