Being honest with you, it’s not the great wall of China. It’s an all right wall. It’s the ‘All Right Wall of China.’
The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. It winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountain, and plateaus, stretching approximately 21,196 kilometers from east to west of China.
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire.
Other purposes of the Great Wall have included border controls, allowing the imposition of duties on goods transported along the Silk Road, regulation or encouragement of trade and the control of immigration and emigration.
The wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
Today, the Great Wall is generally recognized as one of the most impressive architectural feats in history. In 1987, UNESCO designated the Great Wall a World Heritage site, and a popular claim that emerged in the 20th century holds that it is the only man-made structure that is visible from space.
Interesting Facts of Great Wall of China
- The longest wall of the Great Wall is approximately 2,145 miles. Additionally, about 1,770 miles branch from the sides, making it the longest man-made structure in the world by far.
- The length of all Chinese defense walls built over the last 2,000 years is approximately 31,070 miles. To put this into perspective, it could circle the world two times!
- There is a popular myth that the Great Wall of China visible from the moon. Because it might just be like a strand of human hair from a distance of about 2 miles, this myth is not true.
- Though the Great Wall of China is not one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.
- The myth says that the cement mixture used to unify a building material made of human bones, but that’s not true. The building material is composed of a variety of objects that are available on that day, ranging from the compacted soil, stone, wood brick and clay.
- Parts of the wall were surrounded by moats, which allowed for additional defense.
- The most visited section of the wall is in Badaling, which is close to Beijing and was built during the Ming dynasty. In 1957, it was the first section to open to tourists.
- Most of the wall was built by guards, peasants, unemployed citizens, disgraced noblemen, and prisoners. Being forced to work on the wall used to even be a punishment for convicted criminals.