Construction of the Great Wall of China began more than 2,000 years ago. Its combined length stretches more than 5,000 miles from one end of China to the other. The Wall snakes like a gigantic dragon from the east to the west up and down mountains and through the deserts and grasslands of China.
The Wall is actually an ancient network of several walls that were built beginning as early as the 5th century by different emperors to protect the Chinese border. They were later joined together and became known collectively as The Great Wall.
While some parts of this massive structure, one of the world’s great wonders, are in ruins and have mostly disappeared, other parts have been renovated and attract thousands of national and international tourists annually.
Although it was originally built for military purposes to defend the capital city and the imperial tombs from invaders, today the Great Wall stands as one of the world’s most amazing human accomplishments and a testament to the might and ingenuity of the Chinese civilization.
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