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The Great Wall at Badaling

Updated:2008-06-06 10:19 | Source:

  Panorama :Badalin section of the Great Wall

  The Great Wall was the greatest manmade military

  defense structure in ancient China. Its construction

  started during Ancient Spring and Autumn Period and

  the Warring Stated Period (770-221 B.C.) At that

  time, walls were built by some warring states to

  protect their own territories. In 221 B.C., Qin

  Shihuang, who became the first emperor of a unified

  China, linked the separate walls into a ten-

  thousand-li wall to defend against invaders from the

  North. From then on, the Great Wall was continuously

  extended and repaired by following dynasties. Most

  of wall has deteriorated badly; at present, the best

  preserved is the wall built in the Ming Dynasty

  (1368-1644)).

  The Ming Dynasty Wall stretches from the Yalu River

  in Liaoning Province in the east to Jiayuguan Pass

  in Gansu Province in the west, a length of more than

  6,000 kilometers. It runs through 5 provinces, 2

  autonomous regions and 2 municipalities in the

  Northern China.

  The Great Wall at Badaling is the best

  representative section of the Great Wall. It is more

  than 7 meters high and 5 meters wide. It was the

  strategic point of Juyongguan Pass in ancient times.

  Many other fortresses and beacon towers were

  constructed at the strategic points.

  This section of the Great Wall has drawn great

  attention from the Chinese government since the

  foundation of P.R. China. It was designated a major

  historical site under state protection in 1961. The

  Great Wall was listed as "a World Cultural Heritage"

  by the UNESCO in 1987.

  The Great Wall at Badaling is preserved as a

  historical monument and has become one of the most

  popular tourist attractions in the world.

  (Source:

  http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Tour/ScenicSpots/)

Editor : Zhu Jia

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