The 7 Wonders of the World – The Great Wall of China (1)

The Great Wall of China or traditionally known as the “Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li”, is truly one of the World’s greatest wonders, a complete phenomenon.

Great Wall of China was built centuries ago by Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi during the Qin Dynasty in about 221 BC. This wall was built as a defensive shield against attacks from the tribes of nomadic Hsiung Nu originating from Northern China. The Wall was built by the people living around it, prisoners and soldiers. It was made of earth and brick, and it took 2000 years to construct all of the wall, by different dynasties.

The Length of the wall reaches approximately 8.852.8 km and has an approximate height of 15 to 30 feet. There are more than 10,000 watchtowers and beacon towers along the Great Wall, truly fascinating!  Watchtowers were built at regular intervals along the Great Wall and could be up to 40 feet tall. They were used as lookouts and housing garrisons of troops and stockpiled supplies. They were also signal stations, where beacons, smoke, or flags were used for messages. They also represented a tremendous diversity of architectural styles.

It is the longest man made structure ever made in the world.  Ancient records show that more than 300,000 soldiers and 500,000 commoners worked to build it!

The Great Wall of China for me is just one of the world’s wonders, i can’t believe how mankind built this historical monument that is as long as this and took centuries to make! Hopefully one day i’d go and visit China a walk the whole 6,000km! In fact a lot of people have done it, it takes about 3 weeks! That would be cool, right?

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