The Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure on the planet, is a top UNESCO World Heritage Site in China and must-visit place for any trip to China. A famous Chinese saying goes “If you don’t go to the Great Wall, you’re not a real man” 2.In order to help you understand the Wall well I’m bringing you some of the most fascinating Great Wall facts. The Great Wall, known as “long Wall of 10,000 Li” in China, extends about 6,500 kilometers in total. The Great Wall was originally built by various states in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC – 476 BC) over 2,500 years ago. The earliest wall was mainly made of earth and stone.The Great Wall allowed for border control practices for the various imperial governments of China to tariff goods transported along the Silk Road, to regulate or encourage trade, as well as generally to control immigration and emigration. The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia.If natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers are excluded, the wall measures 6,259.6 km (3,889.5 mi) in length.Here, as you can see, the historic wall fades into the distance.While some portions north of Beijing and near tourist centers have been preserved and even extensively renovated, in many locations the wall is in disrepair.The Ming Dynasty wall we see today was largely made of brick. It is a rumor that the mortar contained human bones. The Great Wall we see today was built mostly in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). The Great Wall is not a continuous wall but is a collection of different walls made by different Chinese Dynasties. The Great Wall was built as a means of protecting China against attacks from the north nomads. William Lindesay, a British man, hiked 2,470 km alone on foot along the route of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall and wrote a book called “Alone on the Great Wall”. A famous legend goes that Lady Meng Jiang‘s husband was recruited to build the Great Wall and died due to harsh labor.
The Great Wall, a photographer's dream, is frequently used as a background for photo shoots and weddings.
Several walls were built beginning around the 7th century BC, then later joined together to make a bigger and stronger wall now collectively referred to as the Great Wall.
Although the vast majority of the remaining sections of the Great Wall were erected during the Ming Dynasty, the Great Wall represents a collective effort of millions of people from many of China's imperial dynasties and pre-imperial states, dating back to over 2500 years ago.
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