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The Great Wall of China (simplified Chinese: 长城; traditional Chinese: 長城; pinyin: Chángchéng; literally "long city/fortress") or (simplified Chinese: 万里长城; traditional Chinese: 萬里長城; pinyin: Wànlǐ Chángchéng; literally "The long wall of 10,000 Li (里)") is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in northern China, built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire from Xiongnu attacks during various successive dynasties. Since the 5th century BC, several walls have been built that were referred to as the Great Wall. One of the most famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains; the majority of the existing wall were built during the Ming Dynasty.

The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. The most comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has recently concluded that the entire Great Wall, with all of its branches, stretches for 8,851.8 km (5,500.3 mi). This is made up of 6,259.6 km (3,889.5 mi) of sections of actual wall, 359.7 km (223.5 mi) of trenches and 2,232.5 km (1,387.2 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.

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review by . February 02, 2010
Looking in from outer space...
If I get to go to outer space or Mars or the Moon, whatever... well, I am not sure if I'd be looking for the Great Wall! I mean, c'mon, isn't it easier to see it on the ground or even on a hot air balloon than outer space? ;-)      So, man will still be looking for his own legacy when viewing from outer space, won't he?   We pride ourselves in history and historical conquests and at times, I wonder what we humans will be like if we do not have our roots …
review by . January 26, 2010
A Climb That Created a Lifetime of Memories!
   I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit this marvel of construction with my family a few years ago.  I went during the summer so needless to say it was incredibly hot.  The section of the wall I went to was outside of Beijing in the mountains.  Therefore the section of the wall I visited was a climb in the mountains.  There were seven towers on that section and I was told that climbing to the seventh tower was like going to the top of the Empire State …
Quick Tip by . January 26, 2010
Totally a pain to walk whether it's cold or hot, but what a great piece of history to marvel at!
Quick Tip by . January 26, 2010
THE only manmade architecture you can see from outer space, ie if you are going outer space ;-) Isn't there anything else to see out there?!
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