Exploring the Great Wall of China: Uncovering History and Fascinating Facts

Beyond the Myths: Unveiling the Rich History of the Great Wall PLUS Fun Facts!

LTL Student Tereza from Liberec, Czech Republic, exploring the Great Wall
LTL Student Tereza from Liberec, Czech Republic, exploring the Great Wall

Hey there, adventurers!

Are you ready to take a journey to one of the most incredible wonders of the world? That’s right, we’re talking about the Great Wall of China!

This massive architectural masterpiece spans over 13,000 miles and is a must-see for anyone visiting China.

Whether you’re a tourist, spending a semester studying in China, interning, or moving to China permanently, visiting the Great Wall of China is something everybody has to tick off their bucket list.

But did you know that there are some wild and wacky facts about the Great Wall that will blow your mind?

Get ready for a thrilling ride as we explore the fun and quirky side of the Great Wall of China. We’ll even tell you everything you need to know about visiting the Great Wall in person!

Great Wall of China Facts || A Short History

Great Wall of China Facts || The Legend of Meng Jiangnu

Great Wall of China Facts || Where is the Great Wall?

Great Wall of China Facts || How Long is it?

Great Wall of China Facts || Is it Really Visible From Space?

Great Wall of China Facts || Entrance Fee

Great Wall of China Facts || Which Section Should I Visit?

Great Wall of China Facts || BONUS 20 Fun Facts!

Great Wall of China Facts || FAQs

Great Wall of China Facts长城 (Cháng Chéng): A Short History

The Great Wall was built over a number of years, and went through the hands of many emperors.

It is estimated that initial building began in 771-476BC through to 221-206BC when Emperor Qin Shi Huang came to power during the Qin dynasty.

It was built to protect against those coming in from Inner and Central Asia.

The building of the wall was passed through various dynasties, each with their own construction methods, as well as coverage area.

This includes Han (202BC-220AD), Northern Qi (550-574), Sui (589-618), and Ming (1369-1644). During these years, the wall was rebuilt and reconstructed several times, but particularly so during the Ming dynasty.

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The construction of the wall itself is one of mankind’s greatest achievements and demonstration of immense manpower.

Workers were brought in from all backgrounds.

This includes local people, as well as soldiers and prisoners. 

Construction over the many years and dynasties was carried out under a variety of conditions and management. Working conditions were often very harsh, leading to frequent injury and deaths at the wall.

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Great Wall of China Facts: The Legend of Meng Jiangnu

Whether this belongs to Great Wall of China facts or remains just a story, the story of Meng Jiangnu is one of the most famous legends from the wall.

She was the wife of a worker who was forced to go to the wall to aid with construction.

After missing and worrying about her husband so much, she went to go and see him at the wall, only then learning that he had passed away during construction.

He had been a solid rock for many of the workers and his fellow workers greatly respected him, so they buried his bones within the wall.

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As a result, she cried over the stretch of wall he was buried for 3 days and 3 nights, until the wall crumbled away.

The King at the time then heard about this, and wanted to punish Meng for her damage to the wall.

However, upon seeing the beautiful woman he fell in love and asked her for her hand in marriage.

Understandably, Meng was incredibly angry about this having just cried her eyes out for the past 3 days, however, she agreed – but on the terms of 3 conditions.

  • 1. Find the bones of her husband.
  • 2. Hold a state funeral for him.
  • 3. Have Emperor Qin attend his funeral in person.

All of these conditions were met, and the King began excitedly preparing for the wedding. However, Meng Jiangnu had different plans. She took the bones of her husband and jumped into the sea to her death.  

Today, people visit the Temple of Meng Jiangnu at the foot of the Great Wall.

Great Wall of China Facts: Where is the Great Wall of China located?

As you may have guessed, the Great Wall of China is pretty long.

It stretches over 15 regions in the Northern part of China.

These regions include; Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, and Xinjiang.

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The most popular place to visit it from is from the capital city of Beijing, where there is about 526 kilometers (327 miles) of the wall to visit.

Great Wall of China Facts: How long is the Great Wall of China?

21,196 kilometers (13,170 miles)

In 2012, the State Administration of Cultural Relics announced that the total length of the Great Wall of China today is 21,196.18km (13,170.70 miles).

Contrary to popular belief, however, the structure is not a single line and is broken up into many different parts. In some parts, two parts of the wall even run parallel to themselves.

There are even areas where you will find three lines of the wall all together!

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Great Wall of China Facts: Can you see the Great Wall from space?

Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space with the naked eye.

The idea that it is visible from space originated in the early 20th century and gained widespread acceptance, but it was later disproven.

While the wall is an impressive feat of engineering and one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, it is simply too narrow and blends too much into the surrounding terrain to be visible from space without the aid of magnification.

Oh well, the wall may not be greatly visible, but it’s still Great!

Great Wall of China Facts: Entrance Fee

The Great Wall of China spreads throughout the country and is a very important part of Chinese heritage.

In some parts, there are entrance fees you need to pay. However, this will only be a small amount and is not in all locations.

Generally, the main thing you’ll need to spend money on is travel to the wall.

From Beijing, you can easily get to some of the more popular spots, even just via local public transport! To get to the more remote locations you’ll have to join a tour, get a taxi or hire a private driver.

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Great Wall of China Facts: Which section should I visit?

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Now you’re all clued up on the history and geography of the wall, you’re ready to pay it a visit. The next big question you have to face is… Where do you visit?

The wall is split up into many parts, but the most visited parts of the wall are in China’s capital, Beijing.

Here you can find the most popular places of the wall to visit, each with their own perks. This includes;

  • Mutianyu

Most popular section of the wall to visit for foreigners

  • Badaling

The most popular section to visit for Chinese tourists

  • Jinshanling

Popular hiking route

  • Jiankou

For those that want a challenge

  • Simatai

Open for night tours

  • Shanhai Pass

Where the Great Wall runs into the sea

As an alternative, how about combining study and a visit to the Great Wall? Spend a summer living and studying next to one of the untouched sections of one of the World’s wonders, whilst you learn the Chinese language!

Great Wall of China – 20 Fun Facts!

  1. The Great Wall was built over a period of more than 2,000 years, from the 7th century BC to the 17th century AD.
  2. The Great Wall is not a single wall but a series of walls and fortifications built by different Chinese dynasties.
  3. The Great Wall was originally built to protect China from invading armies from the north.
  4. The wall is up to 30 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide.
  5. The wall was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
  6. The Great Wall is made of a variety of materials, including brick, tamped earth, stone, and wood.
  7. The Great Wall was once patrolled by soldiers and used as a communication system.
  8. The wall includes many towers, battlements, and watchtowers.
  9. The Great Wall was also used as a means of controlling trade and immigration.
  10. The wall has inspired many stories and legends, including the tale of the wall being built by a dragon.
  11. The Great Wall was never conquered by force.
  12. Some sections of the Great Wall have been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters and human activity.
  13. There are more than 10,000 watchtowers along the wall.
  14. Some sections of the wall are made of ice and are known as the Ice Wall.
  15. The areas around The Great Wall are also home to many species of plants and animals, including the endangered giant panda.
  16. The Great Wall is said to be haunted by the ghosts of soldiers who died during its construction.
  17. It’s estimated that the Great Wall cost over $360 billion to build in today’s currency.
  18. Some sections of the Great Wall are so steep that they are known as “heavenly ladders.”
  19. The Great Wall was built using a special type of mortar made from rice flour.
  20. The Great Wall is not a straight line but has many twists and turns.
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Great Wall of China – FAQ’s

How long is the Great Wall of China?

The Great Wall of China totals 21,196 kilometers (13,170 miles)

When was the Great Wall of China built?

It is estimated that initial building began in 771-476BC through to 221-206BC when Emperor Qin Shi Huang came to power during the Qin dynasty.

How many provinces does the Great Wall cross through?

The Great Wall passes through a total of 15 provinces. Those include: Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai and Xinjiang.

Can you see The Great Wall from space?

Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space with the naked eye. It is simply too narrow and blends too much into the surrounding terrain to be visible from space without the aid of magnification.

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