Information on the Great Wall of China

Information on the Great Wall of China
Recognized as an historical site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) and one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, the Great Wall of China is the longest structure anywhere in the world made by man.

Length

The Great Wall of China is 4,160 total miles long and covers about 4,000 miles. It runs from Shanhaiguan in the east of China to Lop Nur in west China.

Deaths

Known as "the longest cemetery on Earth" because of all of the deaths during construction, the Great Wall of China is reported to have taken the lives of more than 1 million workers.

Width

The width of the wall is different at various places. Typically, it is approximately 15 to 30 feet wide.

Materials

Materials used to construct the Great Wall of China include wood and earth stones. Soldiers, peasants and convicts built it.

Legend

A legend about a devoted widow whose husband was killed during construction of the wall states this: Upon learning of his death, she wept on the wall and caused a part of it to collapse

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