THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA – 長城/ 萬里長城 – The Wall of 10,000 Li
The li is a traditional Chinese unit of distance, which has a of length of 500 meters, so 10,000 li is the equivalent of 5,000 km (3,100 miles), but modern estimations establish its length to about 8,850 km (5500 miles).
The Great Wall of China was built mainly to protect the Chinese Empire from northern invaders. The first sections were built in the Seventh Century BC when China was still divided into many small states. The construction of the Great Wall continued until the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1644).
In 2007, The Great Wall of China was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
A recent government mapping project revealed that the entire Great Wall structure spans some 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometers) from the Korean border west into the Gobi desert. Of that total 3,889 miles (6,259 kilometers) were actual wall, while 223 miles (359 kilometers) were trenches and (1,387 miles) 2,232 kilometers were natural defensive barriers, like rivers or steep hills, incorporated into the system.
Though new sections of the wall have recently been uncovered, several sections of the structure have vanished during the past half century or so. Mao Zedong himself encouraged destruction of parts of the wall and reuse of its materials in the 1950s, and rural farmers still make use of the wall’s earth and stone for practical purposes.
Some 50 percent of the original ancient structure has already disappeared, and perhaps another 30 percent lies crumbling into ruins—even as Chinese and international organizations struggle to preserve what remains of this unique treasure.”The universe is one of God’s thoughts.” Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) ~~
Snow blankets China’s Great Wall, a feat of construction and strategy.
China’s Great Wall is one of the world’s great feats of engineering and an enduring monument to the strength of an ancient civilization.
China’s iconic Great Wall, actually a network of fortifications rather than a single structure, is the product of countless labors over a period of some two thousand years. Qin Shi Huang took the remnants of truly ancient fortifications, walls, and earthworks begun in the fifth century B.C. and linked them into a unified wall circa 220 B.C. as part of a massive project to protect China against marauding barbarians from the north.
By the time construction on most of the stone-and-brick Great Wall, with its turrets and watchtowers, was completed during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) the chang cheng had become the world’s largest human-made object
The Great Wall of China and Inner Mongolia are featured in this image photographed by Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao on the International Space Station.
Despite myths to the contrary, the wall isn’t visible from the moon, and is difficult or impossible to see from Earth orbit without the high-powered lenses used for the photo above.
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