China Odyssey


The Great Wall (Wanli Changchen)
of China at Badaling

Badaling, located sixty kilometres north of Beijing, is the most popular destination for the ten million visitors who come to the Great Wall of China each year. The wall itself, excluding sections consisting of trenches and natural barriers, snakes for 6 400 kilometres (4 000 miles) from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert. The wall amalgamates many smaller fortifications, some of which date back 9 000 years. The first "great wall," built between 220206 BC, is credited to Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. With extensive restoration, most of the existing structure of walls and watchtowers resembles works completed during the Ming Dynasty (13681644).

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© Derrick Grose, 2014