7  Facts About The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China, one of the seven wonders of the world, is the longest man-made structure in the world With a total length of 21,196.18 km. Lets look at some facts about the great wall you may have not known.

A popular myth is that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space with the naked eye. Unfortunately, to see the great wall from the Moon, a high-tech lens is required.

It cannot be seen from the Moon

Made over the course of hundreds of years, the wall was built by over 6 different Chinese dynasties, and is over 2,300 years old. The walls were connected during The Qin dynasty, The most famous of the dynasties of china

1/3 of the Wall has Disappeared

According to statistics from UNESCO, nearly one third of the walls have already disappeared. What survive the stone and brick constructions from the Ming Dynasty. it is disappearing year by year.

In 2,500 years of construction history, more than 1,000, 000 laborers had been used, including civilians, soldiers, and convicts.  In this toilsome work it is said roughly 400,000 builders died and some are said to be buried in the long wall. That gives the dreadful saying of the ‘longest cemetery" in the world.

The wall is actually not a continuous line. there are side walls, circular walls, parallel walls, and sections with no wall  where mountains or lakes offer protection.

During the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976) The wall was greatly damaged. Bricks from the wall were used to build homes, farms, reservoirs and other buildings. There was no clear regulation on the conservation of the Wall until 2006.

Most popular Great Wall legend is about Meng Jiangnv, whose husband died building the Wall. Her weeping was so bitter that a section of the Wall collapsed, revealing her husband's bones so she could bury them.

These are the facts which are not that well known. The Great Wall of China has still many mysteries. Keep following The News Voice for such more interesting stories

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