Great Wall of China (UNESCO World Heritage)

The Great Wall of China, also known as “long Wall of 10,000 Li” has the length of 8,850 kilometers, or (5,500 miles). The wall is not a continuous run through, but collection of individual segments that pass from as many as 17 Chinese provinces. The initial wall structures were designed to thwart the movements of Mongolian nomads into China.

The Great Wall of China was designed during Qin Dynasty (221-206 CE), and it comprised mostly of stones stacked together in wood frames, and cemented together by special substance. The history ruling behind Great Wall of China embarks that seven states built walls to defend themselves from the attackers.

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The Emperor Qin, in 221 BC took into its territory six other states resulting in establishment of unified kingdom in the history of China. The construction of walls was then ordered by the Emperor in order to fortify the states as well as protect the Huns, who were present in the North. It was here that the foundation for the Great Wall of China was laid. The wall was constructed from the eastern province, which is present day Liaoning and it completed its run at Lintao, Gansu Province.

Over a period of time, the Huns in the Western Han Dynasty gained more power, and the dynasty started making more segments of the walls, with the sole mission to strengthen their frontiers. The western side saw extension of wall along the Hexi corridor, Yumenguan Pass, and Yangguan Pass respectively.

Great Wall of China is the master piece of human architecture, and a marvelous military structure ever built by any human race existing on earth. The wall presents a true mark of demonstration for the civilizations belonging to ancient China. A symbol of great workmanship, the wall structure therefore, finds its inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage.

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