Metal Soup Great Wall

Map of Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Map of Huanghuacheng Great Wall

On the outskirts of Beijing, there is a famous section of the Great Wall called Huanghuacheng (the yellow flower fortress).  It was so named for the hills covered by yellow flowers in the summer. There is a famous story about the construction of this section of the wall.

During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the emperor ordered a general named Cai Kai to build the Huanghuacheng Section of the Great Wall. Cai Kai employed meticulous quality control and spent several arduous years to finish this task. However, he was hastily beheaded when the ministry of war got wind of his extravagance. The emperor realized he had wronged Cai Kai after an official found the wall to be extraordinarily solid and steep.

Later, the emperor built a tomb and tombstone for Cai Kai to commemorate his great contribution. At the same time, he had someone engrave Jintang (Metal Soup) into a rock to describe the sturdiness of this section of the Great Wall. Therefore, the Huanghuacheng wall is also referred to as "Metal Soup" Great Wall.

Other Great Wall Legends:

The Legend of Meng Jiangnü

This is a legend about love and devotion. It tells the story of Meng Jiang Nü and her anguish after her husband died building the wall. It is said that her bitter weeping caused a section of the wall to collapse. Read the Meng Jiangnü story.

Xifengkou / Happy Meeting Mouth

A story of love between father and son and their reunion at Xifengkou. Read the Xifengkou story.