Almost everyone has heard or read about the Great Wall of China. People from all over the world visit China to see this wall. This wall is also visible from space and is among the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also the longest wall in the world.
But did you know that this wall is also called the ‘world’s largest cemetery’? In this article, we will tell you the story behind the Great Wall of China.
There is some dispute about the length of this wall. A survey was conducted in 2009 to check this. Later the length was found to be 8,850 kilometres. Then in 2012, a state survey conducted by the Government showing it to be all wrong. In that survey, the total length of the Chinese wall was 21,196 kilometres. Xinhua, China’s leading newspaper, published this information.
This wall is almost a thousand years old. Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, thought of building it but he failed miserably. The construction of the wall began after he died. The construction started around the 5th century and got over by the 16th century.
The Chinese had built the wall to protect it from outside attack, but it failed. The Mongol ruler Genghis Khan broke a part of the wall and attacked china around 1211 AD.The Chinese used to call this wall ‘ Wan Li Chang Cheng’. It is wide, and at least five horses or 10-foot soldiers can walk over it. The UNESCO has declared this wall as a world heritage site.