The Great Wall of China

Introduction to Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China was built to protect China. Called as the giant dragon that goes on and on endlessly along the plains, mountains, countryside was once around 4000 miles long but now due to modernization and misuse is only 1500 miles long. The rest have all fallen apart and disappeared. This man-made wall was built of stones and dirt and it falls under the 100 most endangered sites by the World Monuments Fund.

The first Emperor of China Qin Shi Huangdi built the Great Wall of China. It took 10 years to build the Great wall of China. The Great Wall is in grave danger of extinction as nature and man both are taking their toll on it.

History Of Great Wall of China

The present Great Wall of China was built during the Ming dynasty to stop invaders from getting inside China. Nevertheless, it didn't stop in the downfall of the Ming dynasty. Though the major portion was built during the Ming dynasty, it has been a collective effort of all Chinese imperialists. Great Wall of China also houses beacon towers, forts, passes, transit house for soldiers. The Great Wall of China also protected the economic and trading development and protected the 'Silk Route'.

Facts of Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China has been a part of the Chinese history and it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The only man-made object visible from space is the great wall of china, which is one of the interesting fact.

The Great Wall of China as built over 2000 years ago, around 221 BC but most of the current Great Wall was built during the period between 1368 and 1644.The Great Wall of China is one of the longest structures ever built by men.

The main purpose of the Great Wall of China was to protect China from attack by northern tribes (such as the Mongols). From records it appears that many thousands of people were involved in the constructing the Great Wall of China around 300,000 soldiers and 500,000 common people were involved this Great Wall of China.During the construction of the Great Wall of China many people lost their lives many human remains buried under sections of the wall.

The approximate measure of the Great Wall of China is 6000 kilometer long but it is believed that the actual measurement will be 50000 kilometers. The Great Wall of China is 25 feet tall and it ranges from 15 to 30 feet wide.

Present Condition of Great Wall of China

Estimates say that only 20% of the Great wall China is in good condition. Many portions of the wall have been repaired, some are in total disrepair

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THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

Material Used in Construction of Great Wall of China

Whatever materials were available near the construction site was used for the purpose. In some places limestone was used, in some places granite was used and where nothing was available dirt from the surrounding area was used which were cemented with egg whites and sticky rice. Around 1 million laborers toiled day and night to construct this wall. Hundreds of them died due to exhaustion and starvation. It is said that their bodies were used as rubble in constructing the wall. The Great Wall was said to be the "longest cemetery in the world".

Recognition of Great Wall of China

UNESCO has recognized the Great Wall of China as a Heritage site. There have been differences of opinion on the issue of the Great Wall being seen from space.

Dimenssions of Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is 25ft high and 30ft thick. Length of Great Wall of China is 1500 miles. 

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