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To the northwest and north of Beijing a huge serrated wall zigzags its way to the east and west along the undulating mountains This is the Great Wall which is said to be visible from the moon This massive wall has not only been one of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World but it has also been inspiration for many artists and writers The building of the Great Wall is one of the biggest tragedys but through this tragedy arose triumph with the wall being so much to so many people The Great Wall of China is much more than a wall and was built for many reasons that are hidden to most Construction of the Great Wall started in the 7th century BC The wall states that under the Zhou Dynasty in the northern parts of the country each built their own walls for defense purposes After the state of Qin unified China in 221 BC it joined the walls to hold off the invaders from the Xiongnu tribes in the north and extended them to more than 10000 li or 5000 kilometers This is the origin of the name of the 10000-li Great Wall Karls Robert 10000-li Great Wall To understand everything about the Great Wall it is necessary to know the many components of the wall and their purposes The Great Wall was renovated from time to time after the Qin Dynasty A major renovation started with the founding of the Ming Dynasty in 1368 and took 200 years to complete The wall we see today is almost exactly the result of this effort With a total length of over 6000 kilometers it extends to the jiayu Pass in Gansu Province in the west and to the mouth of the Yalu River in Liaoning Province in the east What lies north of Beijing is but a small section of it Karls The Badaling section of the Great Wall snaking
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