Located in north China, Inner Mongolia spans from east to west and is mostly covered by stretches of flat plains. The region is also home to a variety of other topographic features, including mountain views, vast grasslands, barren deserts and winding rivers.
The Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of many interconnected segments, some of which date back over 2,500 years. The largest manmade structure on Earth, declared as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, reflects the collision and exchange between agricultural and nomadic civilizations in ancient China, thus forming the famous Great Wall Zone.
Numerous valuable wall sections are still standing today, accounting for more than 30 percent of the total length of the Great Wall.
The relics on display during the exhibit, entitled A Homeland Straddling the Great Wall, have borne witness to the coming together and blending of different ethnic groups in the region over the course of thousands of years, resulting in a landscape of astonishing cultural fusion.
The expo is a tangible testament to the region's significance in the formation and evolution of the Chinese nation's unity in diversity.
(Text and photos by Wei Yao)