In the days of yore The Hwang Ho used to overflow its banks, sweeping away crops, devastating land and drowning many in its wake.
The great wall was also the scene of many untold misery and death. Its construction was the brainchild of empire builder Chin Dynasty Chin Shih Wang or Shih wang Ti if you will. (247BC-212BC)
The idea of building the wall originally at the northern frontier of China was to keep the marauding mongol hordes at bay. They were the hostile nomadic tribes of inner Asia.
He created an Empire and saw to it that it lasted.
He ruthlessly perpetuated his legacy as a great achiever, an able administrator as well.
China stays united today as a nation through his farsightedness and ingenuity.
He centralised control and removed linguistic barriers by decreeing that a uniform language be established throughout the country. He had many great achievements too but alas they were overshadowed by the book-burning and wall-building process that had blemished and demonised his reign.