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History of the Great Wall

No matter how many times you’ve seen the Great Wall on photos or videos, you will be impressed and amazed by its splendor after reaching the top of the walls. It is more than a huge artificial structure or a scenic attraction, it is a historical eyewitness, from which we have a glimpse into the changes of China’s 24 dynasties and the harsh time in history.

The Great Wall history is longer than you think. It began to be built in the late West Zhou Dynasty and was on an ambitious expansion in Warring State Period, with only the basic wall-building technique. The powerful states in that time such as Qin, Wei, Zhao, Qi, Yan and Zhongshan all built their fortifications walls to prevent invasions from the other states and gained the initiatives in the continuous wars. Some of the walls were also used to defense the attacks of nomadic minorities from the north. All these walls constitute the earliest Great Wall.

Till 221 BC, the year that Qin Shi Huang united the China into one by conquering other states, the Great Wall began to be built in a line and formed as a completed defensive system served for Qin Dynasty. The construction of the Great Wall was not yet finished with the unification, but to be continued in the next twenty dynasties of more than 2000 years, until Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

Finally, China Great Wall becomes the longest military defense structure in the world, of great historical significance, and with both effective military function and architectural magnificence.

The Earliest Great Wall of China

The Earliest Great Wall of China

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The Origin of the Great Wall

The Origin of the Great Wall

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The Great Wall of the Spring and Autumn Period

The Great Wall of the Spring and Autumn Period

The Great Wall was initiated in the Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period, It was built as a defense to prevent the invasion from other states and external tribes.   After Shang Dynasty collap...

The Great Wall of the Warring States Period

The Great Wall of the Warring States Period

The Great Wall of the Warring States Period was also served as a defense wall of each state. The defense wall in each state during the Warring State Period can be found here.   The Warring States Period is one...

The Great Wall of the Qin Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Qin Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Qin Dynasty can be regarded as the first official built Great Wall in China’s history. The Qin Dynasty Great Wall was built by Qin Shihuang to prevent the invasion of the Huns living on t...

The Great Wall of the Han Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Han Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Han Dynasty was functioned as a prevention tool to prevent the invasion of the Huns. History of the Great Wall of China in Han Dynasty also proved its significance in the warring time.   ...

The Great Wall of the Northern and Southern Dynasties

The Great Wall of the Northern and Southern Dynasties

History of the Northern and Southern Dynasties The Great Wall of the Northern and Southern Dynasties was also built for defense. The walls in this period were mainly built by the Northern Dynasties. During the Late Ha...

The Great Wall of the Jin Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Jin Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Jin Dynasty was built to prevent invasion of its neighbors, the Mongols. The construction of the Great Wall by the Jin Dynasty was started in about 1123 and completed by about 1198, lasted for 75 ye...

The Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty was also built for safety of the border. Ming Dynasty restored and rebuilt the Great Wall in the largest scale among all the dynasties in China’s history. The Ming Dynasty Great W...

The Great Wall of the Sui Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Sui Dynasty

The Great Wall of the Sui Dynasty The Great Wall of the Sui Dynasty was mainly built for preventing the invasion of nomad nationality Tujue. In Sui Dynasty, numerous labors were requisitioned to repair and build the w...

Great Wall Story - Meng Jiangnu

Great Wall Story - Meng Jiangnu

The Story of Meng Jiangnu is one of the most widespread and famous legend about the Great Wall of China. It is a heart-breaking tragic story that talks about the separation of Meng Jiangnu and her husband for building th...

Battles between Genghis Khan with Central China along the Great Wall

Battles between Genghis Khan with Central China along the Great Wall

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