Wednesday, 23 June 2004
2/F Sports House, So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
Drinks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
We are delighted to welcome photojournalist Diego Azubel to address the Royal Geographical Society on "The Great Walk", his epic 4,000 km walk along the entire length of the Great Wall. On 9 October 2000, five men set out on an expedition to walk the length of the wall. The group would traverse China on the wall from Jiayuguan in Gansu province in the Gobi desert, to Shanhaiguan at the Bohai sea, east of Beijing. Exhaustion and the difficulties of the journey led to Mr. Azubel alone completing the walk, having travelled alone for 9 months of the journey. He reached the Bohai sea on 31 December 2001. In this lecture, Mr. Azubel recounts the journey across China through a captivating slide presentation of his 15 month journey through areas of incredible beauty and remote villages along the path of the Wall. Following a brief introduction of how, why and when the Great Wall was constructed, his story and photos depict the Wall as most travellers have never seen it, giving a fresh view and deeper understanding of the Wall and the remarkable landscapes surrounding it. The lecture also sheds light onto the hardships Diego experienced throughout the journey which include harsh weather conditions, varied and difficult terrain, injuries, language barriers, as well as the challenge of filming and photographing each day. The presentation also touches upon the locals that Diego encountered, who live along the Wall's path. His stories of the locals he encountered and befriended provides insight into the perceptions of rural China along the Wall and their kindness and generosity were imperative to the completion of his journey. Diego Azubel is an Argentinean photojournalist based in Beijing. As well as his wellknown photography particularly of China, which has frequently exhibited in Hong Kong, he has published work on projects from landmines in Cambodia to slavery in Mauritania and the reindeer people of Mongolia. He is currently working on retracing the routes of disguised British officers into central Asia during the "Great Game" between Russia, China and Britain in the nineteenth century. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.