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US Athlete Completes 1st Solo Run along Chinas Great Wall
U.S. endurance athlete Jason Lester has become the first solo athlete to run the entire length of the Great Wall of China, arriving at the Shanhai Pass, eastern end of the landmark on Wednesday...
China sets up fund to protect Great Wall
China Culture Relics Protection Foundation established a special fund on Monday in a bid to better finance the protection of the Great Wall...
Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed rail won't impact Great Wall
The proposed high-speed railway connecting Beijing and Zhangjiakou of Hebei province is planned to cross the Great Wall three times in the capital's territory...
John Kerry, Jacob Lew visit Great Wall
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew pay a visit to the Badaling Great Wall in Beijing, capital of China, July 8, 2014...
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In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance.
As a symbol of China's history and heritage, many foreigners believe that the trip to China is not complete without a visit to the Great Wall. Some even bought the "I climbed the Great Wall" T-shirt as a fantastic suvenoir to bring home.
The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China, built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. It originated from several seperate walls built by the small kingdoms to protect their own territories during China's Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.). After the whole country was unified in 220 B.C. by the first Emperor Qin Shi-huang, he ordered his general Meng Tian to force 300,000 labours to extend and connect the north sections of these walls to keep away the invasion from nomadic tribes.
At the successive dynasties like Han (202 B.C. - 220 A.D.), Ming (1368 - 1644 A.D) dynasties, large scale of constructions were implemented as the diplomatic relations with northern nomadic tribes remained unfavourable or instable.
Like a huge dragon, the Wall (built in Ming Dynasty) winds its way through deserts, basins, plains and mountains of North China extending over 6,350 km (3,947 miles), from the bank of Yalu River (cross-border river with North Korea) to Jiayuguan of Gansu Province. In Chinese, the Great Wall is called Cháng-chéng, literally "long wall"; or Wàn-lǐ Cháng-chéng, literally "The long wall of 10,000 Li (Chinese unit of distance 2 Li=1 km).
No matter what to say, the Great Wall is the world's longest human-made structure, it is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass.
Download the map of the Great Wall of all periods (copy right of nationalgeographic.com)
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- Badaling Area Guide Map
- Badaling Great Wall Map
- Mutianyu Great Wall Map
- Gubeikou / Jinshanling / Simatai Great Wall Map
- The hiking route of Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall
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