A Remarkable Photograph of the Largest Man-made Structure on Earth
The Great Wall of China is one of the most well -known landmarks in the world, and is an important UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being one of the Seven Medieval Wonders of the World. This particular image is captured in a quality memento fridge magnet for a very representative souvenir from China. Of all of the iconic images that may represent China, from the panda bear to dragon costumes to lanterns and chopsticks, images of the Great Wall are perhaps the most symbolic of all.
The Great Wall of China represents the unification of a massive empire. It also features prominently in the history of the developing nation since the seventh century BC when the first sections of the wall were built of rammed earth and adobe. No longer needed as a defensive fortification, the Great Wall of China is now the country's most popular tourist destination.
Myths, Facts and Figures about the Great Wall of China
First, we must debunk a couple of mistaken yet popular beliefs about the Great Wall. One is that it is actually not one long continuous wall but instead a series of wall sections that in some places are actually made of natural formations such as mountains or rivers. The wall took hundreds of years to build, the defensive fortifications were easily breached until the Ming Dynasty defeated and overthrew the Mongol invaders, then worked feverishly to fortify the Great Wall. The most popular place to see the wall today is a section near Beijing that was built during the Ming Dynasty and was visited by US President Richard Nixon when first opened to non-Chinese visitors.
And the Great Wall of China is not visible to the naked eye from the moon. Sorry, just another urban legend. The Great Wall of China is 15-30 wide in places, has guard towers 40 feet high, and its entire length measures more than 13,000 miles.