William Lindsay, from Great Britain, has deep affection for the Great Wall. When in primary school, he showed special interest in maps and the saw-tooth line on maps caught his eyes. He made up his mind to visit the line, that is, the Great Wall of China.
In May, 1987, Lindsay realized his dream. He spent 78 days hiking 1,553 miles from Jiayuguan Pass to Shanhaiguan Pass on the Great Wall, thus becoming the first foreigner to complete the wall hiking.
During the following years, though visiting China several times, Lindsay didn't have opportunity to visit the Yulin Wall and Zhenbeitai, until April 8, 2005, when he was invited to walk on the Yulin Wall by a friend. The 18-year Yulin Great Wall dream was realized on that day. He not only loves the Great Wall, but as a graduate majoring in geology, he made many geographical analyses of the wall. Due to his contribution to protecting the Great Wall, he was awarded the "Friendship Honorary" by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, P.R. China. In 1998, Zhu Rongji, the Chinese Premier at that time, gave him an interview. In 2001, he established an international association "Friends of the Great Wall". In his opinion, the best way to protect the Great Wall is to build national parks around it. In 2006, he received the Order of the British Empire and was interviewed by the British Queen Elizabeth II, honoring his effort in protecting the Great Wall as well as in promoting the cultural relationship between China and Great Britain.
In Aug.5, 2007, Lindsay received another honor, the title of "Honorary Citizen of Yulin City". He is greatly encouraged by these awards from China and Britain and will carry on his contribution to Great Wall protection.