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The Great Wall of China is a major tourist center located majorly in the Huairou district in China. It gets tourists from all over the world, even celebrities come to this famous ancient Chinese site. Its Chinese name is WànlǐChángchéng.

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We will Uncover some interesting facts about The Great Wall of China in this article.

1. Prisoners, soldiers, convicts, and children of 15 years and above were the major builders of this wall.

2. About 30% of the Great Wall of China has disappeared with time due to natural disasters and some human activities.

3. The Great Wall of China spans 15 regions of China.

4. Lime mortar was used in place of cement to erect the Great Wall of China.

5. The Great Wall of China became a UNESCO World Heritage Center in the year 1987.

6. There was a worker who died while building this wall, when his wife heard of it, she cried so hard before the wall that it collapsed and exposed the body of her dead husband. This woman’s name is Meng Jiang-Nu.

7. The Great Wall of China gets over 10 million tourists yearly.

8. Beijing is the closest city to the Great Wall of China.

9. The major materials used in the construction of the Great Wall of China are sand, lime, bricks, stone, and wood.

10. The Great Wall of China was built about 2,300 years.

11. The Great Wall of China is not a continuous line of walls, it has some sidewalks, enclosing walls, etc.

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12. The Great Wall of China has some parts without walls, instead, hills and mountains form the walls at those points.

13. Some parts of the wall were built with sticky rice mortar.

14. Some parts of the wall have the names of its constructors carved into the bricks.

15. The average length of the Great Wall of China is 21,196 km².

16. It takes about 18 months to walk the entire length of the wall.

17. The Great Wall of China was started by Qin Shi Huang of the Qin dynasty.

18. William Edgar Geil was the first man to walk the entire length of the wall.

19. The Great Wall of China has some other components apart from the wall. Some of these components include signal towers, forts, garrison stations, etc.

20. The average height of the Great Wall of China is 25.6 ft.

21. The Great Wall of China is almost 3,000 years old.

22. Sleeping on the Great Wall of China is highly prohibited.

23. In the year 680 BC, construction of the Great Wall of China started and it ended around 1681 AD.

24. The first part of the wall was built for over 10 years.

25. The Great Wall of China was built as a military defense for the country.

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26. The Great Wall of China also serves as a means of communication between countries.

27. Meng Jiang-Nu was almost killed for collapsing part of the Great Wall but was pardoned by the king because of her beauty.

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28. The Great Wall of China has been built and rebuilt by about 9 dynasties.

29. Only the Yuan dynasty has no contribution to the Great Wall of China.

30. Did you know that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space but with an aid? Yes, it can be seen using a zoom lens.

31. The Han, Qin, and Northern dynasties were the ones to construct the Great Wall of China.

32. The Great Wall of China is recorded as the biggest man-made object in the world.

33. Some parts of the Great wall of China keep disappearing without any trace.

34. Some parts of the Great Wall of China are located in water bodies, like the Panjiakou Reservoir.

35. The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world.

36. About 2 million workers were recruited to erect the Great Wall of China.

37. The Great Wall of China is an example of a relic boundary.

38. The Great Wall of China is not built in a straight line.

39. The Great Wall of China passes through the mountains of Jundu.

40. After the burial of her husband. Meng Jiang-Nu committed suicide by jumping into the sea.

41. The Great Wall of China is about 23 ft thick.

42. The Ming part of the Great Wall of China had about 25,000 watch towers.

43. Some parts of the Great Wall are uneven and take people’s lives if they are not careful.

44. Some parts of the Great Wall keep collapsing, so be careful of where you sit and play.

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45. Some people believe that arsenic was used in the construction of this Great Wall to keep off ants.

46. The Great Wall is mostly visited during holidays and in the month of October.

47. The closest airport to the Great Wall of China is the Beijing Capital Airport.

48. Some workers who died during the construction of this great building were said to be buried within the wall itself.

49. The Han Dynasty built a greater part of the wall.

50. It is believed that the Great Wall of China saw the death of about 400,000 thousand workers.

51. The best part of the Great Wall to visit is around Beijing’s east and north.

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