If you’re interested in traveling and seeing all that our amazing planet has to offer, you may have considered visiting the many different Wonders of the World.
With landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer, Machu Pichu, Chichen Itza, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Taj Mahal, Petra, and the Great Wall of China, all proving to be hugely popular attractions, it’s easy to see why these destinations are high on the list of priorities for keen travelers.
There are numerous natural wonders in the world, yet the one we’re talking about today is not natural at all, but rather man-made and is China’s Great Wall.
If you’ve ever wondered how long is the Great Wall of China, how many tourists it attracts, and whether you can truly see it from outer space, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’re going to be listing several interesting facts about China’s Great Wall.
GPS And Dragons
China is a country that is of course synonymous with dragons, and so it should come as no surprise to learn that dragons played a part in the creation of the Great Wall, at least, that’s what legend tells us.
The story goes that when mapping out the Great Wall before it was constructed, a dragon mapped it out and then builders simply followed the path of the dragon.
How Long Is The Great Wall Of China?
If you thought your garden wall was long just wait until you learn how long the Great Wall of China is.
Officially, the Great Wall of China is approximately 13,170 miles in length, and it attracts over 10 million tourists and sightseers from around the world every single year.
Many people walk the length of the wall to raise money for charity.
To this day, the Great Wall is the longest man-made structure on the face of the earth.
A Deadly Construction
Nowadays, on building sites, health and safety are a priority and some would even say a bit overkill. During the construction of the Great Wall, however, way back in 1474, health and safety didn’t really exist.
Unfortunately, over one million people died while building the wall. Grieving loved ones would walk the length of the constructed wall with a rooster as it was believed that this would help to release the spirit of the dead worker from being trapped within the wall.
It Was NOT Built To Protect Against The Mongolians
Many people believe that the Great Wall was constructed to protect China from being attacked by the Mongols, but this is not true.
Yes, the wall was built for defense and security purposes, but it was constructed before the Mongols even emerged. China’s main threat at the time was from the Xiongnu.
You Cannot See The Wall From The Moon
Sorry to spoil the mystique, but you cannot actually see the Great Wall from the moon as Robert Ripley claimed.
The author of ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’ wrote, with no real evidence at all, that the Great Wall was the only man-made structure visible from the moon.
Astronauts numerous times have discredited this claim, yet it is still commonly believed to be true.