How Tall Is The Great Wall Of China ?
The Great Wall of China is a one of the several wonders of the world, and is a showcase of enormous construction as long back as 2000 years. Wan-Li Qang-Qeng is the Chinese name of the wall. This literally means a wall approximately 5,000 kilometers long. The height of the wall is not the same when measured at different locations along its length due to the terrain and many other factors. The height measures between 5 to 8 meters. The thickness is uneven as well measuring between 4.5 to 9 meters all along.
This wall is regarded as the largest construction ever made. It stretches all along North and North-west of Beijing cutting across the mountains. This starts in Hushan in the East and terminates at Jiayuguan Pass in the west. It passes across places like Hebie, Liaoning, Tianjin, Beijing, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Gansu and Qinghai. The wall was built using rocks, packed-earth and masonry.
Qin Shi Huangdi was the first Emperor in China who was a part of the Qin Dynasty from 221 BC to 206 BC. The Emperor is said to have subjugated and united the 7 states in China which were warring with each other. He then joined and extended 4 of the old defense walls, which ran along North China. These fortifications were originally constructed in 700 BC. The intention of making a longer length of connected fortifying walls was to provide a first line of defense against any attacks which might come in from the Huns, who were nomadic tribes living in the regions north of China. Signal firing from the walls was used to warn the kingdom early before an actual attack.
Later during the rule of the Ming Dynasty from 1386 to 1644, the length of the wall was increased to 6,400 kilometers. Renovations and additions like cannons and watch-towers continued for a period of approximately 200 years.
Legends stated that the Great Wall was even visible from the moon. The satellite pictures prove this wrong and clarify that this wall is surely visible from the orbit of our planet, Earth.
Tales also say that the people who died constructing the wall were buried beneath the wall itself. The belief is that they wanted to save on the costs of conducting funerals, cut down cost of construction materials since bones were good for building a strong wall and lastly because deep rooted fertilizing would ensure growth of strong rooted plants which in turn would strengthen the foundation of the wall.
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