Great Wall of China

Topics: Great Wall of China, Qin Shi Huang, Han Dynasty Pages: 3 (1066 words) Published: August 25, 2013
Creation Behind this Great Wall

It is hard to imagine that Great Wall of China was built and preserved since 5th century B.C. but it was only proclaimed in 2007 as one of the “Seven Wonders of Asia”. Don’t you know why it was only proclaimed as one of the “Seven Wonders of Asia”? The reason is because the Greeks, who presented the list of Wonders, were not apprised of the existence of this wall in the 5th century. The earliest walls can date back to 2,500 years ago. Originally the ducal states like Qin, Zhao, Yan, Chu, Wei, Qi and Han constructed the several walls to protect their territories from assaults of other empire and normadic tribes during China’s Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.). All these walls were finished between 685-254 B.C. After the whole country was unified in 220 B.C. by Qin Shi Huang. The first Great Wall was built in 214 B.C. under Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, it starts from Linyao of Gansu Province to the east of Liaoning Province which is approximately 5,000 km. The second Great Wall of Han Dynasty, 10,000 km, which starts from the east of Liaoning Province to Lop Nur in the south-eastern part of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. And the third Great Wall of Ming Dynasty, approximately 6,300 km(3,195 miles), which stretches from Hu Hill (Tiger Hill) by Yalu River (Liaoning Province’s cross-border river with North Korea) to Jiayuguan of Guangsu Province. Of course there are also secrets in building of these Great Walls and materials used to strengthen the walls. First, Qin Wall; at the beginning the wall was made mostly from dirt, stones and wood, wall was built with dry-laid native stone, but where stone was scarce. General Meng Tian used 300,000 labor forces and spent 10 years completing the 5,000 km. long defense system in North China. Second, Han Wall; was made also from dirt, stones and wood, builders here were forced to resort to an ancient and painstaking method of wall construction. Lastly, Ming Wall, here...
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