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19 facts about the Great Wall Of China


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  • How long is the Great Wall of China ?
  • Some sections of the Great wall are 6000 kilometers (3,728 miles) long.

    How long is the Great Wall of China


  • How Long Did It Take To Build The Great Wall of China ?
  • Construction of the earliest sections began during the Spring and Autumn periods (770 – 476 B.C.).
    But just How Long Did It Take To Build The Great Wall of China ?


  • How tall is the great Wall of China ?
  • How tall is the great Wall of China ?

  • Why was the Great Wall of China Built ?
  • Why was the Great Wall of China Built ?


  • Great wall of china from space a fact or a myth ?
  • No, You can't see the Great Wall of China from space.

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  • How wide is the great wall of china ?
  • The with of the great wall varies from 4,6 to 9,1 meters 515 to 30 feet) at the base and from 2.7 to 3.7 meters (from 9 to 12 feet) at the top.

    Watchtowers rise above the wall at certain points.


  • How old is the Great Wall of China ?
  • The great wall is approximately 2232 years old. The construction of the wall actually began during Qin (Ch'in) Dynasty (221 B.C - 206 B.C.).


  • Can one travel to the wall during a trip to Beijing ?
  • Yes, the Badaling section of the wall makes a great day trip from Beijing.


  • How many people in total build the Great Wall of China ?
  • Approximately 500.000 people take part in building of the wall.

  • Who built the Great Wall of China?
  • The wall was ordered built by whatever warlord or emperor happened to be in charge at the time. The labor was done by peasants, soldiers, and whomever else who was able to be conscripted. In the earliest years, the people would have used clay. Later, bricks were used. As the workers died, they were buried near the wall.

  • Deteriorated of the wall.
  • Visitors should bear in mind that the wall is not one unbroken structure, but a series of walls. Some sections have been well preserved and repaired. Others have deteriorated over the centuries; some are in ruins.

  • It is Not Just a Wall.
  • The Great Wall of China includes guard towers, beacon towers, stairways, bridges and battlements.

  • Building Material.
  • The ancient Chinese used whatever they found on the ground to build the wall. They used stone, rocks, clay tiles, and lime. They even used wood, mud, hard packed dirt and rubble.

  • Steep Stairs.
  • The Jiankou section of the Great Wall has the dangerous sky stair. The angle of ascent is between 70 and 80 degrees.
    The Simatai section has the ladder-like ‘Stairway to Heaven’, an 85 degree slope which narrows to 30 centimeters wide in some places.

  • Battleground
  • Thousands of battles have been fought at the Great Wall. The last one was in 1938 during the Sino-Japanese War. Bullet holes are still visible on the Wall at Gubeikou.

  • Chinese Name
  • In China, the wall is called Wann Li Channg-Ch’ng. That means Long Wall of 10,000 Li. A li equals 0.3 of a mile.

  • Lots of Famous Visitors.
  • Over 400 world leaders and famous people have visited the Badaling section of the Great Wall. These include President Obama, President Nixon, President Reagan, Norman Schwarzkopf, President George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, and Japan’s Emperor Akihito.

    More famous Visitors of the Great Wall of China.

  • Hiking the Great Wall.
  • William Lindesay, a British long distance runner, hiked about 1500 miles of the Great Wall in 1987. Then he sat down and wrote a book called “Alone on the Great Wall”.

  • It is like a Dragon.
  • The Chinese say the Great Wall is a dragon winding over the mountains. When you look at pictures you can see that's a fact. It really does look like a dragon.

    With at the end the famous Old Dragon's Head.

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