Do you really think that the Great Wall of China is a single and continuous wall? Do you know the total length of the wall? Do you know how long it took to build the wall? There are many such questions that intrigue us…Driven by our hunger for knowledge; we decided to create this post on 20 interesting facts about this great wonder which is a symbol of China’s vivid and long history. So, let us embark on this interesting journey together. Are you in?
Interesting Great Wall of China Facts: 1-10
1. The Great Wall of China is one of the 7 Wonders of Medieval World and not of the ancient world despite the fact that it was built during the ancient times.
2. There is a myth that the Great Wall of China is a continuous and single wall that was built all at once. The truth is that the wall is actually made of wall segments that form a discontinuous network.
3. The wall was not built by any single dynasty. It was rather a cumulative work of several dynasties. The wall was meant for defending the northern boundary of China from outside invaders.
4. The wall is the longest man-made structure in this entire world with multiple fortifications and walls that run parallel to each other.
5. The wall is one of the most expensive construction projects to have been ever completed. The wall was originally conceived in 3rd century B.C. by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (circa 259-210 B.C.).
6. Very little of the earliest of the walls built by the Qin (pronounced as ‘chin’) dynasty remain today.
7. The wall, during its construction years, was also known as ‘the longest cemetery on earth’. Nearly a million men died during the construction of this wall.
8. The primary wall is 2,145 miles or 3,460 kilometers long. The spurs and branches add another extra 1,770 miles or 2,860 kilometers.
9. The total length of all defensive walls (including the Great Wall of China) built by the Chinese during the last 2,000 years is 31,070 miles or 50,000 kilometers approximately. Just for the sake of comparison, Earth’s circumference is only 24,854 miles or 40,000 kilometers.
10. After Qin dynasty, the construction of the wall was taken seriously by Han dynasty (circa 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.), the Sui dynasty (581-618 A.D.), the Jin dynasty (1115-1234 A.D.) and finally the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.).