Great Wall of China

Hello, today I’ll be looking at one of the most significant Seven Wonders of the World, which is the Great Wall of China ( world.new7wonders, 2016).


 

The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall ( chinahighlights, 2016). It is a very famous site as people from all over the world come here to experience its power. Many world figures such as Barack Obama and David Cameron have also came to China’s most historical landmark before ( chinahighlights, 2016). It is an outstanding military architecture and one of the most precious arts of China ( whc.unesco.org, 2016)

The wall was built over 2,000 years ago by the first emperor of the Qin dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), Emperor Qin Shi Huang.The Qin dynasty were victorious in uniting China from the 7 Warring States, as the emperor connected all the walls that were built before. The Great Wall of China stretches across 9 provinces in northern China.Its length is over 20,000 km in length ( history, 2016).

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A section of the Great Wall of China: credit:

Emperor Qin Shi Huang constructed the Great Wall so as to defend against the threatening northern nations such as the Huns. The defensive structures of the wall includes many fortresses, beacon towers, watchtowers for observatory and command posts used for logistics.The wall was important for military communications when messages were relayed by smoke signals, lanterns and beacon fires ( history, 2016).

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A portrait of Emperor Qin Shi Huang : credit:

 

Hundred thousands of workers have died in the construction of the wall where they were then buried in the wall itself ( history, 2016). There is a well known legend of Meng Jiangnu whose husband died while building the wall. Her weeping and moaning was so devastating that a section of the wall even crumbled down ( chinahighlights, 2016).

Towards modern times, the most prominent section is the Badaling Section which is the most well preserved and attracts many visitors from around the globe ( travelchinaguide, 2016) .

It is estimated that 1/3 quarters of the Great Wall has been destroyed due to human damage ( szdaily, 2016).

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site ( thetravelworld, 2016)
  • Seven Wonders of the World

Here is a video for more info:

http://player.history.com/pservice/embed-player/?siteId=hist&tPid=21159479

Thanks for coming guys!

 

 

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