The Great Wall

Like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, villages, mountains/plateaus, stretching approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of northern China.

Great Wall-2

The Great Wall was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987.  The photo below is from Wikipedia:

Great wall -wiki


Sections of walls were built as early as the Warring States Period (476 BC – 221 BC); a massive construction began in Qin Dynasty (220-206BC); it, then, was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644). The Great wall had defended the country for more than 2000 years.

There are more than 10,000 watchtowers and beacon towers on the Great Wall. They were used to house troops and store weapons. Tower watchers were stationed there to send signals when they saw intruders.

Both Retireediary and CanadianTravelBugs chose the Great Wall for this challenge theme, I’d like to add my vote to it. See more entries in WPC

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56 thoughts on “The Great Wall

    • The section we went was difficult to climb up. Toward to top part, it was 45 degree all the way, I had to quite 🙂 Hard to imagine, how people could build it block by block for 5,500 miles… Thank you for reading, Sally!


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    • Badaling Great Wall, the tour guide directed us to the steep section because it was as crowded as the other side. The last part was impossible for me and many others to climb up. It was mid of May, very pretty there…


      • We went to Mutianyu section since we heard it was not as busy since it is a little further out. There was one very steep section there too. I got part way up, but ran out of time to continue. We only had a short time at the wall. When we went the only way to visit that section was by tour bus 😦 We wished we had more time.


  7. Great choice Amy! Interestingly, I thought the challenge was Great before I realized it was Grand. In my original post (which I scrapped when I recognized my mistake) I too featured the Great Wall. It is indeed one of the most grand things/places on the planet. Excellent choice!


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