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William Lindesay

Great Wall expert William Lindesay is well known for his 2,470 km solo adventure along China's great wall. Since 1994 he has been primarily engaged in systematic research of the Great Wall in the Beijing region and published Alone on the Great Wall (Hodder & Stoughton, UK, 1989; Fulcrum, USA, 1991); Images of Asia: The Great Wall with Oxford University Press (OUP, 2003); and The Great Wall Revisited: From the Jade Gate to Old Dragon's Head (Harvard, 2008). He is the founder of International Friends of the Great Wall as a society in Hong Kong (www.friendsofgreatwall.org) in order to "assist China's cultural-relics protection authorities in the task of preserving the authenticity of the Great Wall." He has written high-profile contributions for National Geographic Traveler (50 Places of a Lifetime), Chinese National Geography (translated into Chinese), the Asia Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, ICON and Archaeology. His China photographs have been used in The Times (of London), as well as the Daily Telegraph and the Independent. In 2011, he began a new role as anchor for Expedition Week (Walking the Great Wall) on the National Geographic Cable Channel. William Lindesay was awarded the Friendship Medal from the Chinese Government and holds the rank of O.B.E. (Officer, Order of the British Empire) for his international conservation of the Great Wall of China in the 2006 Honours List issued by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II. He lives in Beijing. Lindesay, a former resident of Xi'an before settling in Beijing, based his writing on the archeological text of the late Guo Baofu. In 2011, he began a new role as anchor for Expedition Week (Walking the Great Wall) on the National Geographic Cable Channel.

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