The Great Wall of China, which was primarily built as a defensive wall for the Chinese Empire from the enemies to the north, has now become one of the world’s most famous ancient monuments. However, with a great monument, there are some things that constitute for more than just history.
This Great Wall of China gives its visitors a stunning view of the beaches, some rugged mountains and even a desert corridor. All that just from walking down a lane. But there’s still more than that, and we will be covering here today.
10 Facts That You Didn’t Knew About The Great Wall of China
- It cannot be seen from the space. Yes, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from the space with the naked eye. But with aid, it can be clearly seen.
- Considering all the defense walls built by the Chinese over the last 2,000 years. It equals approximately to 31,070 miles which is sufficient enough to circle the world two times (mind=blown).
- The mortar used to bind the stones of the wall was made out of rice flour.
- The Great Wall of China is not one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But it is one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.
- The construction of the Great Wall of China started between 260 and 210 B.C.
- Since the start of its construction, and after almost 5 dynasties, the construction came to an end. Most of the construction that see today, is from the Ming dynasty.
- There were no famous people involved in the construction of the wall. Most of the people who built it were guards, peasants, convicted criminals, prisoners and unemployed citizens.
- The Great Wall of China is considered as one of the largest cemetery on Earth. It is estimated that over a million people had died building the wall. Archeologists claim to have found human remains under parts of the wall.
- Proof suggests that during the Cultural Revolution, many bricks of the Great Wall were taken away by people to build homes, farms, etc. If it wasn’t the case, the wall would have been preserved much better than it is today.
An estimated of 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China each year, making it one of the most famous tourist attractions of the world.