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
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
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.
Editor : Zhu Jia