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Marvellous wonder of the world: Hu

November 22, 2006

"Marvellous. Wonder of the world," wrote Chinese President Hu Jintao in the visitor's book after his 45-minute visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra on Wednesday.

Accompanied by his wife Liu Yongquing and more than 100 members of his party, the President showed keen interest in the history and architecture of the 17th century 'Monument of love' and went around it as fountains played 15-feet high along its central causeway.

Walking with his wife, Hu was taken around by Dr Dayalan, the superintending archaeologist, who explained the finer points to him through an interpreter. The President went inside the cenotaph chamber where he heard the famed 15-second echo -- of a 'muezzin' calling out and the sound reverberating for 15 seconds. Though the President did not make a tour of the main building, he had a view of the Taj garden from the main structure.

Image: Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife Liu Yongquing pose in front of the Taj Mahal.
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
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Sub: Another misleading title?

I was thinking rediff was calling Hu, a 'marvellous wonder of the world'!!

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Sub: wonder of the world

No doubt Taj Mahal is wonder.Yet, there are greater wonders in India. Alas they are deprived of publicity and required attention. Belur and Halebid in ...

Posted by M.R.M.Chalapathi Rao

Sub: president of china at taj

no wonder, even the president of china praised the taj. that goes to prove india has what it takes to impress the world.

Posted by vk agrawal

Sub: Now a Chinease TajMahal

Why did you show him Taj man? Now you will find fake Tajmahal exported all over the world from China and that too for a ...

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