10 Facts About The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China is the world's longest wall and biggest ancient architecture. It's now one of the greatest vacation spots in the world. Here are 10 facts you should know to really appreciate the Great Wall...


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Contrary to common belief, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from space with the naked eye. It can be seen with aid.

2
The Great Wall of China has been called the longest cemetery on Earth. Over a million people died building the Wall and archaeologists have found human remains buried under parts of the wall.

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The official length of the Great Wall of China is 13,170.7 miles. To put that into perspective, the circumference of the Equator is 24,901 miles.

4
Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year.

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There most popular Great Wall legend is about Meng Jiang Nu, 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.

6
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), many Great Wall bricks were used in building homes, farms, or reservoirs.

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The northwestern Great Wall sections are likely to disappear in 20 years, due to desertification and change in human land use.

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While the Great Wall of China is not one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is typically included in the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.

9
The Chinese invented the wheelbarrow and used it extensively in building the Great Wall.

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Thousands of battles have been fought at the Great Wall of China. The last one was in 1938 during the Sino-Japanese War. Bullet holes are still visible on the Wall at Gubeikou.