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The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, wood, and other materials that date back as early as the 7th century BC. It follows most of China’s northern border and was originally constructed for the purposes of defending the Chinese against attackers.
The Chinese were familiar with the technique of wall-building as early as the 8th century BC. Many of the warring states within China built walls around their territories to keep enemies out. When Qin Shi Huang unified China in 221 BC, he ordered the destruction of the walls that divided his empire along former state boundaries, although many wall sections were left in place. When the Chinese were threatened by the Xiongnu people from the north, Qin ordered the connection of the existing walls along the country’s northern border.
Wall builders used whatever local materials were available to construct the unifying wall along China’s border. During different Chinese dynasties, forts, watchtowers, and other additions were made to the wall. Today, the wall is approximately 5,400 miles long, stretching from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west.
More than 4 million people visit China’s Great Wall every year. There has been controversy surrounding the Wall’s visibility from space, but the claims that the Great Wall can be seen from the moon have been laid to rest. Apparently, viewing the Great Wall from the moon would be like viewing a human hair from 2 miles away.
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