By Teddy Walker
The Great Wall of China is a large wall made mostly of stone built on the historical northern border of China. The wall was built to keep out the nomadic tribes to the north such as the Mongols and Manchu. The construction of the wall took centuries and cost hundreds of lives. It was conceived in the third century B.C.
In the year 220 B.C., Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered the construction of the wall in the aftermath of the Warring States Period (when China was full of many countries fighting for control). The wall was to connect several several pre existing fortifications in the north into a large wall in order to keep out the nomadic tribes to the north. Construction went on until the 17th century. As many as 400,000 people may have died while constructing the wall, thousands of which were buried within the wall itself, making it the world’s largest grave. Despite the centuries of construction and thousands of dead, the wall never fully prevented raids from the north.
This is the wall. It’s big
Following the death of Qin Shi Huang, the great wall lost much of its importance to the Chinese people and government, and was allowed to fall into disrepair. Shortly before the dawn of the second century B.C., the north of China fell to northern tribes. Interestingly enough, many of these tribes decided to repair and extend the existing portions of the wall. Latter, when the Chinese emperor took back the land, it became useless as a fortification as China’s borders stretched past the wall.
You can see this guy from space. The wall, not that random tourist.
Although the wall has long since lost any significance as a military structure, it is still very important. To this day it stands as a historical site, a symbol of Chinese national pride, and a testament to human ingenuity. Each year, over 10 million people come from all over the world to visit the wall, a massive boon to Chinese tourism.