Ancient Chinese Buildings Are Held Together With Rice, Sugar, and Blood — Atlas Obscura

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— by Claire Voon: The city wall of Nanjing, built 600 years ago, was the first line of defense for the founding capital of the Ming dynasty. Originally 22 miles long, it was built with 350 million bricks, most of which have survived centuries of weathering. In 2010, intrigued by the wall’s sturdy composition, a team of Chinese researchers analyzed mortar samples from one section. The secret ingredient turned out to be humble sticky rice, a staple of Chinese cuisine…

Image: Researchers found sugar in the mortar of Suzhou’s Tiger Hill Pagoda. SIYUWJ/CC BY-SA 4.0

May 6, 2019


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