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One of the most famous structures in the world can be found to the northwest and north of Beijing, China. Said to be visible from the moon, the Great Wall is the longest fortified line ever built. It zigzags to the east and west along the mountains, stretching more than 1,500 miles.

Construction of the Great Wall began in the 7th century B.C. It stands about 25 feet high and has 40-foot towers built into it every 200 to 300 yards. The wall tapers from a 25-foot base to about 15 feet at the top. Its sides are made of earth, brick and stone, while the top is paved with bricks set in lime, forming a roadway for horsemen. The Great Wall was built entirely by hand and took hundreds of years to complete.
Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty.


The Great Wall of China Wallpapers Collections

The Great Wall of China Wallpapers Collections

The Great Wall of China Wallpapers Collections



Most people tend to think that the Great Wall was a product of wars (actually of defense), thus its role ought to have been most closely related to battles and bloodshedding. It is, however, not that case. Most time under the Great Wall was actually peace rather than war; the Great Wall, in all times, was connected to the culture, foreign policies, and economy (just think how much could be spent on this super project). Philosophically, the Great Wall speaks well for a growth in the mixed soil of peace and war. It stands for some power, an unbeatable power despite all bitter conditions, known as the Great Wall Spirit among Chinese people.

The Great Wall, as we know it, is actually a series of several walls built at different times by different emperors. The categories below are non-exhaustive, and all refer to wall systems rather than single monolithic walls.
First Great wall - built by the Qin Dynasty 221-207 BC
Second Great Wall - built by the Han Dynasty 205-127 BC
Third Great Wall - built by the Jin Dynasty 1200 AD
Fourth Great Wall - built by the Ming Dynasty 1367-1644


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