It has been said that the Great Wall of China is so immense that it can be seen from space with just the human eye. Unfortunately, that is simply a rumor and has been confirmed false. Nonetheless, the Great Wall of China is also the world’s longest wall and biggest piece of ancient architecture, which is still a pretty big deal. Its official length is about 13,170 miles long, more than four times the width of the United States. The wall crosses over ten provinces and cities, including Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, and Liaoning. There is no definite period of time from when the wall began to when it was finished, but archeologists believe the main sections of the wall were built between 221-206 BC. Now knowing it’s deep roots and it’s extensive land coverage, it is no surprise that the salvation of this remarkable structure is in jeopardy. In my paper I will focus on issues including the preservation, conservation, and overall management of the Great Wall of China, which shed significant light on the complex history and ethical issues related to this monument. I will argue that enforcement of government regulations and the promotions of keeping the wall unsoiled and beautiful are necessary actions with respect to the monument’s care and preservation today, and must be regarded further in light of aesthetic and national concerns.
The Great Wall of China is often regarded as one of the man-made wonders of the world. The Great Wall of China was constructed by two early Chinese dynasties; the Qin Dynasty (221 BCE-206 BCE) and the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). Emperor Qin was considered to be cruel and brutal. Cruel rulers invite rebellion and in 206 BCE, his successors were overthrown by the Han Dynasty. Both dynasties shared a common concern, border security. The wall was constructed over a period of 2,500 years and stretch to be 5,488 miles long. The wall was built to increase security, impress visitors and enhance the glory of china. However the wall also required much sacrifice on the part of the Chinese people. Overall did the benefits outweigh the costs? There were both costs and benefits into building the Great Wall of China, but the benefits outweigh the cost. The great walls benefits outweighed the costs by providing protection, create new towns
In conclusion, the Great Wall had an overwhelmingly negative impact, physically, economically, psychologically and politically during the Qin Dynasty, as any benefits of the Wall were deadened by the overpowering disastrous on the people. While it minimised the attacks made on China by the Mongolians, it was not impregnable. Despite the use of local materials, expenses to bring labour to the Wall were unmatched in waste, and labour was diverted from more essential activities for China’s wellbeing. Also, while the Wall represented power and prosperity to outsiders, imprisonment reigned in the minds of the civilians, whose culture waned with isolation from neighbouring nations. Yet the most devastating impact that of the people:
The first reason why the Great Wall was not worth the cost was because the wall was not very effective . The chin and Han dynasty's built the Great Wall to keep out invaders. People would walk around the spots where there wanot a wall built yet or a spot where guards were not on duty. ( Doc B ) The purpose was so that not as many guards would have to be on duty, but just as many guards were then as there were when the wall was not yet built. There were not guards protecting all spots of the wall, leaving it a blank opening for other enemies to enter. The wall was not just
For thousands years, the Mongols have been a big threat to the Chinese civilization. The Great Wall of China took about 2000 years to build and finish. It has been measured to be over 5,488 miles long. Due to the many threats and enemies of Chinese, the wall was built. In my opinion, the benefits of building the wall do outweigh the costs for many reasons surrounding the topic.
Usually walls are put into places to avoid people to cross borders and keep peace but they destroy peace. Recently one could have heard in the News that Trump wants the Mexicans to pay for a wall between Mexico and the United States. This Wall should make it impossible for people to cross the border unofficially. As one could know from history classes, we had a wall in Germany for many years which was built by the winner countries of the second world war for a similar reason. Before the Wall, many people from East Germany tried to escape to West Germany where they had obviously better living conditions. It divided Germany in East and West Germany. Additionally, there was a part of Berlin, what was in the East German part, isolated from a huge wall that belonged to West Germany. This wall made it hard for the citizens of East Germany to visit West Germany. The Government of East Germany had other principles than the government of West Germany and it was not in the interest of the East German government to show their citizens how good their life could be in West Germany. After the falling of the Wall, it was possible for everyone to travel in Germany whenever they want without standing in line at the borders. But there was a big gap in wealth between East and West Germany. Even today the loans in West Germany are lower and the federal states have less money than the ones in West Germany. But in Berlin, one can visit ruins of the Berlin Wall which are colored and painted. As one could know from visiting Berlin, there is only a small part of the Wall left but at other parts, one could find the position of the wall with marked flagging on the ground. Additionally, one could buy a piece of the wall as a souvenir. Standing in front of the ruins of the Berlin wall inspires this realization: Peace is about breaking barriers not building them.
The Great Wall was built by The Qin and the Han Dynasty. They built The Great Wall to keep out and protect China from the Mongols. The benefits of building The Great Wall of China did not outweigh the costs. In Document B, it showed that tribute was being paid by The Han. The Han was one of the the dynasties who first built The Great Wall. This shows that the benefits did not outweigh the costs because The Han still had tribute to pay to the Xiongnu Mongols and The Han dynasty still had to build and protect The Wall from the Mongols. In Document C, the text indicated that The Qin and The Han dynasties were peasants, and worked on The Great Wall while they got feed a little bit of food and suffered. The Qin and The Han were not treated well
In Document C, there was no benefits for building a wall.But the cost of building a wall is "soldiers died from hunger, sickness, and were forced to leave there family"."Due to Document C, there was no benefits but a cost.This supports the main claim because if soldiers die then they might decrease and the wall might not be complete.During, the wall was going to be build the soldiers were the ones who would build the wall.Including, Document D it doesn't have benefits
The benefits of the Great Wall did not outweigh the cost. According to document C, the Qin and Han Dynasty built the wall in order to keep out attackers but since they built the wall someone needed to protect it so the soldiers did and they would die.In document C, it also says the soldiers had to work on the wall for two to five years because they had to work on it for so long they were forced to leave for several years. If they never built the wall it wouldn't matter because soldiers would go to war instead of dying from protecting the wall. In conclusion they should not halve built the wall because it did nothing but kill soldiers.
One way the Great Wall helped China of by protecting it. According to the background essay, the Great Wall’s purpose was to shield China from Mongol invaders. In addition to this, the Great Wall of China protected much of the Silk Road, as stated in the diagram in Document A. With the Great Wall in place, citizens were safe from invasions.
Another major symbol in the story is the Great Wall itself. The Emperor realizes its significance to the people of China, and he feels like the flying man jeopardizes the wall, thus jeopardizing them also. “That wonderful wall which had protected them for a timeless time from enemy hordes and preserved peace for years without number. He saw the town, nestled to itself by a river and a road and a hill, beginning to waken” (31, 32). This indicates that the wall is of the utmost importance to the country, as well as him personally, and this is the first time that he realizes that it might be in jeopardy. It is possible that Emperor Yuan views the wall as an extension of himself, and that losing the wall to an enemy meant losing his power. This shows that he had a personal interest in defending the wall, giving further insight into why he had the man
China’s unity of its civilians helped the prosperity of its nation to become well known to other power nation. At this period China became well known and believed to be as equally strong to other power nations. Sterling extensively explains that building The Great Wall of China came at an immeasurable cost for a "temporary advantage" (147). Many citizens of China have died for the cause of building a national symbol for China, which was not known as The Great Wall of China until foreigners gave it a name to remember. Only during the Ming dynasty did the interconnections of the walls that once divided China, became a unity. The expansion of many walls together came at a great cost. The Great Wall of China made it very difficult for the Mongols and Manchus to penetrate their defensive system, but this did not stop them from failing to attack the dynasty. The perceived barbarians had bankrupt the dynasty. Strategies of keeping enemies from infiltrating is a vital key to keep an economy from chaos and destroying a nation’s wealth that took years or centuries to achieve.
The Great Wall was an honored master piece made by human and they gave it prizes, certificates, and it was even put in the book of world records were people can see how big and long it is. Also the wall helps China with bringing more visitor so the China can get more people to visit there other good places that they have. China hasn’t been having lots of visitors in the past because they didn’t know the wall excited until they announced their honors and rewards to the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China is one of the many structure that was honored by the world best
In China there was a wall created a long time ago when the first emperor was Qin Shi Huang around the 220 B.C. Qin Shi ordered the earlier fortifications between many states he was the first emperor to do that. The Great wall of China protected them from attacks from other people. 400,000 people died during the construction of the Great wall. When the wall kept on expanding the people who died were buried with the wall. The wall kept on falling apart every year. Some parts of the wall are still standing today. The still existing walls