Introduction to Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is the main tourist attraction in the China. China tourism is nothing without this tourist point. It was built by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang in between 220–206 BC. And from that time the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced by the Ming Dynasty, At that time several walls were built as early as the 7th century BC these were joined together and made bigger and stronger wall and called as a Great Wall of China. It is the world’s longest wall and the biggest ancient architecture of the world.

The wall was built from stones, woods, grass and earth. In that time monkeys, donkeys and other animals were used to transport the bricks and other materials from one place to other. The Great Wall takes more than two thousand years to construct completely. It was initially built in the Spring and Autumn, and Warring States Periods by the three states:

  • Yan
  • Zhao
  • Qin

The main purpose of the wall is to make the border of the country, to make it safe and more secure from other provinces and allowing the imposition of tax on goods that are carried along the Silk Road. It was built to defend the Chinese Empire from Mongolian and Manchu enemies to the north. The Great Wall line stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia.

After the archaeological survey it was mentioned that the Ming walls is 8,850 km (5,500 mi) in length. Actual section of wall is made up of 6,259 km (3,889 mi), trenches 359 km (223 mi) and natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers 2,232 km (1,387 mi). Another archaeological survey mentioned that the complete length of the wall is 21,196 km (13,171 mi). The Great Wall of China is known by various names such as “the Chinese wall”, “the Great Wall of China”. In Chinese, the wall is known as changcheng (長城) it means “long wall”. The Great Wall is also listed as one of the top Wonder of the World. It was also listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in the year 1987. As the time passes some of the sections of the wall have been disappeared. But still it is one of the most interesting tourist attractions across the world.

It’s amazing to visit the Great Wall

  • Beijing sections: spring or autumn.
  • Jiayu Pass: May to October.
  • Shanhai Pass: summer and early autumn.

Most Popular Sections at Great Wall of China

There are several sections to visit, but most recommended section the Mutianyu. If you want to do a serious climbing trip, then Jinshanling to Simatai or Gubeikou are the main sections.

Construction of the Great Wall of China

The construction of the Great Wall is an amazing story. A great power of the soldiers, prisoners and local people was fired in the construction of the Wall including a great expertise and wisdom of the people of China.

Great Wall of China as greatest tourist attraction in the world

The Great Wall of China act as a most visited attraction across the world. Millions of people from all over the world came to visit to this amazing creation of the mankind. That contains alot of hardwork and expertise of thousands of the people of China. This project is the longest project in the history of mankind.

There are lots of Myths with this Great Wall as it was built with wisdom, hard work, dedication, sweat, tears and blood.

Geographical statistics of Great Wall of China

  • Chinese Name: 长城/万里长城
  • Name: The Great Wall of China or The Great Wall
  • Straight line distance: 1900 km (1200 mi)
  • Altitude: From sea level to over 500 meters (1,600 feet)
  • Total Length: 8,851.8 km (5,500 miles)
  • Construction Period: 476 BC – 221 BC to Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

And most importantly have a nice trip!

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