from Space, The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made
feature on the planet, however,
contrary to popular legend (and according to astronauts Neil
Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Jim Irwin) it is not visible from
Great Wall is 6’700
kilometers in length, running east to west and crossing five
provinces. Appearing as a long, serpentine dragon, it
winds across lands including deserts, grasslands and even
mountains. Every type of material available at the time was
used. From mud and reeds, to the finest mortar bricks ever
made. ( still intact centuries later )
of the Great Wall spans more than 2000 years, and it is now
considered to be one of the greatest wonders on earth.
Though there are sections of the wall that have now
fallen into ruin, or that have even completely disappeared,
it remains one of the most sought attractions in the entire
world due to both its majesty as well as its great
1987, UNESCO listed the Great Wall of China among the
prestigious World Heritage sites.
is not known exactly when the construction of the Great Wall
of China began, it is commonly believed that it was built as
a military fortification to protect against tribal
intrusions across the borders during the Zhou Dynasty.
In the late Spring and Autumn Period, which ran from
770 BC to 476 BC, the ducal states extended their defense
works and began building “great” structures for prevention of attacks from neighboring states.
In 221 BC after conquering most of its neighboring
states, Ying Zheng, the ruler of the Qin State declared
himself Qin Shihuangdi, the first Emperor of The Qin
Dynasty. The word Qin in pronounced "chin" and is
the source of the name China. Thus began the reign of the
First Emperor of China, and the beginning of the Great Wall.
Qin Shihuangdi began the construction of the Great Wall by
connecting many of the existing border walls to protect
the northern border of his kingdom from invasion. The
construction continued for centuries and employed the work
Wall took approximately 10 years to complete, and ran from
Linzhao - in what is now the eastern part of the Gansu
Province) - east to Liaodong - which currently resides in
the Jilin Province).
not only provided incredible defense in the north of the
country, but was a tremendous symbol of the emperor’s
Qin Dynasty, the Great Wall experienced many extensions.
Emperor Wu (Han Wu Di) of the Han Dynasty wished to
maintain safety against the Xiongnu, as they had been at war
with this tribe in 127 BC, 121 BC and 119 BC, so he extended
the wall to the west to guard the Hexi Corridor (in what is
now the Gansu Province) as well as the Xinjiang region.
more constructions and extensions were made to the great
wall within the successive Northern Wei, Northern Qi and Sui
the Great wall that exists in Beijing is from the Ming
Dynasty (1368-1644). It
was built from bricks and granite and included greatly
sophisticated designs and passes, holding largely strategic
Ming Wall begins in Yalujiang River (which lies in today’s
Heilongjiang Province) and stretches over 5’000
kilometers to Guansu.
the wall is considered a must-see for every visitor to