This Beautiful Resin Fridge Magnet Captures The World Renowned Sight Of The Great Wall Of China
Constructed of several materials including stone, wood, tamped earth and brick, The Great Wall of China is actually a series of fortifications built during several Chinese dynasties. They have seen constructed for various reasons including military defence and border control. The full length of the wall as a whole stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur (Lop Lake) in the west. Famously the structure is visible from Earth's orbit. If you would like to see it from slightly closer to home why not buy this attractive resin fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
The History Of The Great Wall Of China
Several walls come together to make the structure known the world over as The Great Wall of China. Although not covering all the walls built there are four general building phases. Built to keep out Xiongnu raiders the first wall was instigated by Qin Shih Huang Ti who had unified China for the first time. Building started in 214 BC and took thirty two years to complete. The wall was not maintained and fell into disrepair only to be restored during the Han Dynasty. It was during this period that the structure was extended forming the second great wall. The extension included a structure down the Hexi corridor through which Silk Road traders travelled to the west. At the time of the Jin Dynasty the construction of the third great wall commenced as protection against Mongol invasion. This structure had ditches running on either side of it. Despite the building of the fortifications, the Mongols invaded and overthrew the Jin in 1276. During this new Yuan Dynasty the wall fell into disrepair allowing the Ming Dynasty to take control in 1368; following this event, fortresses and garrisons were built along the wall. No further reinforcement was made until the battle of Tumu against the Mongols. From 1569 to 1583 the most familiar parts of the wall were built. Following the formation of the Qing Dynasty in 1644 the wall went into decline with stone being taken to build other structures. It was left to President Deng Xiaoping to commence a restoration project on the wall in 1984 and in 1987 it was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Visiting The Great Wall At Mutianyu
The wall at Mutianyu (Admire Fields Valley) has twenty two original style watch towers along its length. The restoration which has taken place here is amazing. At twenty two kilometres in length, this is the longest, fully restored, section of the wall which is open to the public. Less crowded than other areas of the wall it is a pleasant area to visit. The surrounding green vistas of cypress and pine trees add to the natural beauty to be experienced. The wall itself is impressive, constructed of granite and seven or eight metres high and four or five metres wide it is truly a sight to behold.
Visiting The Great Wall At Badaling
This is the most popular section of the wall for visitors and is extremely impressive. About three hundred and seventy VIPs and world leaders have experienced the views from this part of the wall, together with the general public. This length of wall totals seven thousand six hundred metres, constructed from granite. Its impressive dimensions continue with an average height of seven and three quarter metres and an average width of five and a half metres. The walking conditions along this section of wall are not too difficult but it is important to dress for the weather conditions and remember sunscreen in summer months and warm clothing for the sub-zero temperatures of winter. Whether you decide to visit this section of The Great Wall of China, or any other, or even if you decide to stay at home, why not purchase a small piece of memorabilia in the shape of this resin fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.