Essay on The Great Wall of China

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The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest architectural achievements ever recorded in history. The Great Wall translates to “long fortress.” The wall was made entirely by hand. It was built to protect the Chinese from intruders from different Nomadic Tribes. The wall is about 5,500 miles long. The wall did not stretch across all of China but it stretched from Shanhaiguan in the East to Lop Nur in the West. Some people say that you can even see the wall from the moon! Wouldn’t that be something to see? The wall is very old and has been around for about 2,000 years. Parts of the wall are missing from it decaying and crumbling. Despite parts of the wall missing it remains a popular attraction today and is one of the seven spectacular …show more content…
During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) was when much most of the wall was added. The Mind dynasty suffered from their attackers the Dadan, Nuzhen, and Tufan tribes. The Ming court built a lot more walls in the north as an attempt to keep out the attacking tribes. They built the walls much more elaborate and durable than the Qin Dynasty. There were many walls, fortresses, and watch towers along the wall which made the country more successful. Even with all the new construction on the wall the Ming dynasty was defeated by the Oirats in the battle of Tumu in the year 1449. The Ming dynasty had failed to keep the Mongolian and Manchurian tribes under control and it had weakened the Ming Empire. After the Mings loss in this battle they built more walls to make them less vulnerable if they were attacked. Towards the end of the Ming dynasty the Great Wall helped a lot to defend them from the Manchu invaders. The Manchus got into Beijing through the Shanhaiguan gates and took over the city ending the rule of the Ming dynasty and starting the new rule of the Qing Dynasty. The Qing Dynasty extended Chinas territory farther north beyond the Great Wall. The wall didn’t protect China’s border anymore so, construction on the wall stopped and soldiers abandoned their posts on the wall. The wall wasn’t used again after.

Today, the Great Wall is still standing in some parts but people fear that it

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