15 surprising facts about Great Wall of China

15 surprising facts about Great Wall of China

The Great wall of China. It’s the most unique building of the history and one of the most amazing creations made by human on the Earth! There is nobody in the whole world who haven’t heard about the Great wall. But most people only know that it’s long, it’s old and it’s visible from space.
Here are some surprising facts which you maybe didn’t know…

 

Chinese name for Great wall is Wan Li Chang Cheng, which means Ten thousand miles wall or Infinite wall

There is not only one Wall, but it was proved that there are at least 16 Walls which were build during 2400 years

Total length is more than 21.000 kilometers – it’s more than distance between the South and the North pole

Western end of the Wall starts in Gobi desert and goes to the mountains, bypass Beijing and ends up at the boarder of North Korea

The first Walls were made of wood and soil and even nowadays some fragments of these ancient walls can be found

The inland parts of Wall are made of stones

The most known part of the Wall around Beijing comes from 16th century from the Ming dynasty

The ”Ming” Wall is the longest part. It’s length is almost 9.000 kilometers and it’s made of bricks

One ”Ming” brick is twice a size of normal brick and is 10.5 kg heavy

People believed that the Wall withstood so long because the human bones were added to the grout. Actually the secret ingredient what made such high resistance grout was glutinous rice flour

Over a million people died when building the Wall. That’s why the Wall has been also called the longest cemetery on Earth

In times of the greatest danger there were up to 750 000 soldiers guarding the Wall

Building the Wall required more time, material and human resources than any other building in the World

The Wall was built to protect China against invasion of Mongolians. But this purpose wasn’t met in the end

Despite of common belief, Great Wall is NOT visible from space

 

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