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Great Wall of China – History and Facts

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History and Facts

1. The Great Wall of China is the largest wall in the world made of stone and clay, which was built by the different branches of China from 5th century BC to 16th century for protection from northern invaders.

2. Some parts of this wall are not connected. If all its parts are connected together, the wall length will reach 8848 km.

3. According to an estimate, 20 to 30 million people have spent their entire life to build this wall.

4. The height of the Great Wall of China is not the same everywhere. Its highest height is 35 feet while at some places it is 8-9 feet high.

5. In order to keep an eye on the enemies coming from far away, inspection towers were also built.

6. The width of the wall was kept so that 5 cavalry or 10 foot soldiers could patrol the sidewalks.

7. This wall is called ‘Wan Li Chhang Chhang’ by Chinese people which means ‘Great Wall of China’.

8. Even though this huge wall was built to stop foreign attackers, but for centuries it was also used for transportation, goods and long journey.

9. This wall could not always be safe. Many times the attackers conquered it and broke this wall. Genghis Khan came to China in 1211 by breaking this wall.

10. This wall is about 6400 km long. This wall is so large that it can also be seen from space.

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11. Of the workers who were engaged in making this wall, those who were not doing hard labor were buried in this wall itself. Therefore, this wall is also called the tallest cemetery of the world.

12. You will be surprised to know that India also has a wall that directly competes against the wall of China. Akbar also tried to penetrate it but could not succeed. This wall was built for the Surashra of Kumbhalgarh Kilo in Rajasthan. Its construction started in 1443 and ended in 1458.

13. The length of the security wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort is 36 km. Despite being 588 times smaller than the Chinese wall, it is the second largest wall in the world.

14. Only 5 horses can walk side by side on the huge wall of China but 10 horses can walk side by side on the wall of Kumbhalgarh.

15. Finally the saint was sacrificed to please the goddess and then the construction of this wall was completed.

16. The saint who was sacrificed had asked the king to let him go and offer his sacrifice wherever he stayed and build a temple of a goddess there. After walking a few kilometers, he stopped and was sacrificed. Where his head fell there is the main gate and where his torso fell there is another main gate.

Frequently asked questions about China Wall

Question – 1 Where does the wall of China start and end?

Traditionally, Shanhai Pass, located on the coastline in Shanhaiguan District of Hebei State, China, is considered the starting point of the Chinese Wall. But many know not fully agree with this. The China Wall is not a single structure extending from north to south or east to west, as most people think.

Basically it is a group of long walls extending from east to west, which were built at various intervals during the last 2500 years by various dynasties of China. Some of these walls are larger than others. Many walls could not withstand the times, and were buried in mud. Parts of some walls were remodeled.

Never formed a part which at one time covered the entire distance from east to west. In this way we can say that in the true sense there is no starting or end point of the China Wall.

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