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Facts about the Great Wall

There is an old saying goes that, "You may be not a hero/heroic, if you haven’t been to the Great Wall of China". The Great Wall, an ancient engineering wonder, creates many unbelievable data in mankind history. After it was made a UNESCO world heritage, it has been always on the bucket list for travelers and a hot topic for decades.

So here are the interesting figures and top facts about the Great Wall that you may want to know. It is the longest man-made structure in the world and its completion takes more than 2000 years, with time even longer than the whole span of Christianity. In fact, the Great Wall is not a completed, uninterrupted wall, but made up of dozens of sections throughout North China. Although it was initially built before Qin Dynasty, the Great Wall we visit today was mainly constructed in Ming Dynasty. And 1/3 of it is endangered now or has disappeared. Interestingly, if you want to hike through all the walls, it will take you around 18 months. And you’ll find the bricks on the walls are stolen by the locals or visitors with two different purposes, for building their own houses or as souvenirs. The walls are great, though, a fact we can’t deny is that it killed estimated 7 million people for the construction, hence known as the longest cemetery on earth...

Many more questions are frequently asked by not only geographers but also travelers, such as what is the length of the Great Wall, when and for what reasons it was built, how many places the walls spread, where it begins and ends, etc. All of the Great Wall of China fun facts and surprising figures can be found in this page.

Who built the Great Wall of China?

Who built the Great Wall of China?

The origin of the Great Wallcan be traced back to the seventh century BC, the Spring and Autumn Period, much earlier than the history of setting defending city. After into the clan society, human in each clan began to di...

How long is the Great Wall of China?

How long is the Great Wall of China?

How long is the Great Wall of China? Since it is the longest man made defensive system in the world, the globally recognized must see site of China, many people have been very curious about the exactly length of this meg...

Why was the Great Wall of China built?

Why was the Great Wall of China built?

When you see the Great Wall, you may have many questions about it. And you may ask why ancient Chinese people built this magnificent wall? Well, it is related to the history of China. Generally speaking, the Great...

Can you see the Great Wall of China from Space?

Can you see the Great Wall of China from Space?

Don't know when to rise; “The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space” has been widespread all over the world. Is the Great Wall visible from space?   The first spaceman o...

How was the Great Wall of China defended?

How was the Great Wall of China defended?

When you stand on the Great wall, you may wonder “How was the Great wall defended”?   Well, the Great Wall is tall and high, but its defensive function is not just about its strong structures. The defe...

Where is the start point of the Great Wall?

Where is the start point of the Great Wall?

When stepping on the Great Wall of China, we will feel we are so small on it, and it seems endless. So you may ask “Where is the start point of the Great Wall?” Yes, the endless Great Wall does have a start p...

Who of the World Leaders have visited the Great Wall of China?

Who of the World Leaders have visited the Great Wall of China?

Chairman Mao said, “The one who did not climb up the Great Wall was not a real man.” The Great Wall is definitely the pride of Chinaand a magnificent world cultural relic. Among all the sections of the Great ...

When was the Great Wall of China Built?

When was the Great Wall of China Built?

When was the Great Wall of China built? A common misconception is that the Great Wall is a continuous chain of walls and it was built in a period of time. But, in truth, the Great Wall consists of numbers of short walls ...

What was the Great Wall of China made of?

What was the Great Wall of China made of?

The Great Wall of China, which is the proud of all Chinese people, is a really great masterpiece of mankind and the treasure of China. The construction material of Great Wall is not just one kind, but is different in dif...

What is the current situation of the Great Wall of China?

What is the current situation of the Great Wall of China?

The Great Wall of China is the proud of Chinese people with a history of more than 2,000 years. From the 3rd century BC to the 17th century, The Great Wall was built and rebuilt continuously as the great military defence...

Functions of the Watchtowers on the Great Wall of China

Functions of the Watchtowers on the Great Wall of China

Watchtowers existed long before the Great Wall Though the Great Wall of China can be trace back to The Spring and Autumn Period pre the Qin Dynasty, yet the Watchtowers on the Great Wall, call it Beacon Tower or Guard...

China Great Wall Marathon on & along Huangyaguan at Tianjin Section

China Great Wall Marathon on & along Huangyaguan at Tianjin Section

Brier Introduction The Great Wall Marathon (simplified Chinese:长城马拉松,Chinese pinyin: chang cheng ma la song)is an annual international marathon race which is held in Beijing sections great walls. The marathon gained its...

The Great Wall Film

The Great Wall Film

Brief Introduction The film great wall is a directed by Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, this is also his first English film. The shooting of 《Great Wall》started on March 30, 2015, in Qingdao, China. It is the most ex...

Top 13 Fortification Passes along the Great Wall

Top 13 Fortification Passes along the Great Wall

The Great Wall was originally built over 2500 years ago during the West Zhou Dynasty, and served as a functional military defense to prevent the invasion of the northern nomadic minorities. It had been playing a crucial ...