The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China is an assemblage of smaller walls built by various dynasties over many years. Builders erected these walls for protection from invasions by those from the north. The Great Wall itself, with a history lasting over 2000 years, measures approximately 5,500 miles in length, although some of the sections lie in ruin or have disappeared altogether. It is about 25 feet high and is 15-30 feet wide. It is the longest man-made structure in the world. In the 7th century B.C. the first of the smaller walls were constructed. Few of these remain today, but they were the starting point of what became the Great Wall of China. The first emperor to have the various lengths of walls joined together was Qin Shi Huang, whose dynasty…show more content…
For those who wish to explore without many tourists surrounding them, The Nan Pass, at the southern part of the Juyongguan section, is for them. It is known for its Cloud Platform, built during the Yuan Dynasty. This watchtower is made of white marble, with Buddhist writings and statues of gods on either side of the doorway. About 45 miles from Beijing is the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Although it is older than some of the other passes are, it looks nearly the same as it did centuries ago. It is known for its large number of watchtowers. In this 1½-mile section, there are more than 20 towers, with three of them connected by a tunnel inside the wall. Those who do not enjoy going through tunnels may enjoy using the overhead cable car to view the beautiful scenery. Viewing the Shanhaiguan Pass section of the Great Wall gives visitors a chance to understand the military power of ancient China. There are several tourist spots in this area such as the First Pass under Heavens. Because this was a defensive section of the Great Wall, builders constructed it with a stone base and a brick wall. Even today, this area is very strong. The nearby Great Wall Museum, which has a display of the history of the pass as well as military relics, is available for those desiring more information on the area. It is interesting to note that the Chinese had several methods of defending their wall. Some sections of the

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