A Stunning Image of China's Most Iconic Symbol: The Great Wall
Stretching across the entire length of ancient northern borders, the Great Wall of China is one of the wonders of the world and incredibly important in the history of this great, ancient Asian nation. This beautiful panoramic picture is displayed on a Worldwide Gifts collectible refrigerator magnet that makes the perfect souvenir from China.
The largest and most elaborate portion of the Great Wall was built during the Ming dynasty, and a section of the Ming Wall not far from Beijing is shown in this picture. The wall stretches across mountaintops, through valleys and across rivers, lakes and forests. It is built of bricks in some places, and in other places is only made of "rammed earth" and adobe. Some portions of the wall are actually only trenches, and rivers along the border serve as part of the wall in other areas. Altogether, the Great Wall of China is more than 13,000 miles long, making it the largest man made structure on the planet.
Facts about China's Great Wall
Popular myths hold that the Great Wall is so large it can be seen from space. However, astronauts who have visited the moon have already debunked that myth. However, it is still an important historical site that has been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is said that the mortar that holds together the bricks of the Wall is fortified with human bones. Archaeologists have never discovered bones when examining the Great Wall, but various historical accounts record more than one million deaths of workers who were either hired or forced to build the wall. Many convicts, political prisoners, and peasants were made to work on the building the wall, and thousands of Chinese soldiers lived along its ramparts protecting the border from invaders and charging tolls to merchants on the Silk Road.