The Great Wall Of China
The Great Wall of China is not a continuous wall but is a collection of short walls that often follow
the crest of hills on the southern edge of the Mongolian plain. The Great Wall of China, known as
"long Wall of 10,000 Li" in China, extends about 8,850 kilometres (5,500 miles).
The Chinese worked on the Great Wall for over 1700 years. In turn, each emperor who came to
power added pieces of the wall to protect their dynasties. But the wall was not a solid wall. It was
a line of disconnected barricades.
The wall was originally built of stone, wood, grass and earth. In the Ming Dynasty bricks were
produced in kilns set up along the wall. The bricks were transported by men carrying them on their
backs, donkeys, mules and even goats had a brick tied to their head before being driven up a
About 3000 people worked on the wall during the Qin Dynasty. Rocks fell on people. Walls caved
in. Workers died of exhaustion and disease. Labourers were fed only enough food to keep them
alive. There is an old Chinese saying, "Each stone in the wall represents a life lost in the wall’s
Can You See The Great Wall of China from The Moon?
The myth of being able to see the Great Wall from space originated in Richard Halliburton’s 1938
(long before humans saw the earth from space) book Second Book of Marvels said that the Great
Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the moon.
From a low orbit of the earth, many artificial objects are visible on the earth, such as highways,
ships in the sea, railroads, cities, fields of crops, and even some individual buildings. While at a
low orbit, the Great Wall of China can certainly be seen from space but it is not unique in that
Most people tend to think that the Great Wall was a product of wars (actually of defence), thus its
role ought to have been most closely related to battles and blood shedding. It is, however, not that
case. Most time under the Great Wall was actually peace rather than war; the Great Wall, in
all times, was connected to the culture, foreign policies, and economy (just think how much could
be spent on this super project). Philosophically, the Great Wall speaks well for a growth in the
mixed soil of peace and war. It stands for some power, an unbeatable power despite all bitter
conditions, known as the Great Wall Spirit among Chinese people.