The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China

Simplified Chinese: 长城/万里长城
Traditional Chinese: 長城/ 萬里長城
Pinyin: Chángchéng/Wànlǐ Chángchéng (literally "Long wall/The long wall of 10,000 L")
Location:North of China
Length:6,400 km

About The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China was built mainly to protect the Chinese Empire from the Mongolians and other invaders. It was first built in the 7th century B.C. when China was still divided into many small states. The construction of the Great wall had never ceased for nearly all the Chinese feudal dynasties. The majestic Great Wall was built with wisdom, dedication, blood, sweat and tears. It has been estimated that somewhere in the range of 2 to 3 million Chinese died as part of the centuries-long project of building the wall.
One account puts the length of the wall at over 3,720 miles. Richard Nixon said it was 2,484 miles long, while Time magazine favored 1,684 miles. What is a fact is that the Great Wall of China extends from Kansu in the west to the Yellow Sea in the east. Ancient records reported that at least one million slaves and prisoners of war were used to build this wall. Many laborers died from exhaustion and starvation while working on this colossal task. Their bodies were added to the rubble and masonry as the quickest means of disposal. For centuries, the Wall was known as "the longest cemetery in the world."
Nearly everyone has heard of the huge stone wall known as the Great Wall of China. As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in China, The Great Wall is not just a wall, but a symbol of bravery and wisdom of Chinese people.
The Great Wall twists and winds along hill crests, gorges, rivers and deserts and stretches from the west frontier in Gansu province to the China Sea town of Shanhaiguan. Except the well-known walls in Beijing, there are numerous ruined sections across the country.
He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man.- Chairman Mao

How long is the Great Wall?

This question seems easy, but it is indeed a very complicated question.
As many dynasties in Chinese history built, rebuilt or extended the Great Wall. The latest construction took place in Ming Dynasty and the length built was over 6,000 kilometers. This is the one often referred to when we talk about the Great Wall. However, if including all the walls built in different dynasties around China, the total length will exceed 50,000 kilometers.

Great Wall Sections near Beijing: Badaling Great Wall, Simatai Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall, Jiayuguan Pass, Huangyaguan/Yellow Cliff Great Wall ...