The Great Wall of China

By Zachary, Anton and James

The Great Wall Of China



中国长城

Zhōngguó chángchéng


中国的长城是一个著名的世界地标和一个非常伟大的建筑!

Zhōngguó de chángchéng shì yīgè zhùmíng de shìjiè dìbiāo hé yīgè fēicháng wěidà de jiànzhú!

Length

13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers)



Purpose

The primary purpose was always to protect the Chinese Empire from the Mongolians and other invaders.

Time Spent to Build and when it was built

Original Wall: approximately 20 years Wall Now: 200 years

The Great Wall of China was built more than 2 000 years ago, by Qin Shi Huangdi.

Location

The Great Wall is spread all over China!

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Story Related to The Great Wall of China

The most well known story is on a girl called Meng Jiang Nü.


Having escaped from the heavy labour work around the Great Wall construction site, a young man called Fan Qi Liang hid in a private garden where he ran into Meng Jiang Nü, the daughter of the garden owner. They married but right after the wedding, Fan Qi Liang was taken away to build the Great Wall again. Meng Jiang Nü waited at home.


Winter came but Fan Qi Liang did not return. Meng Jiang Nü made him some warm clothes and decided to take them to her husband. She got to the construction site but Fan Qi Liang was nowhere to be found. She was then told that Fan Qi Liang had died and his body was built into the Great Wall.


Meng Jiang Nü cried night and day. Her sorrow was so deep Wall broke that then down and exposed the bones and bodies of many dead men. Meng Jiang Nü cut her fingers and dripped her blood on the dead until her blood flowed into one. Knowing that this was her husband, she buried him, then jumped into water and killed herself.

History

The history of the Great Wall is said to start in Autumn, when seven states appeared at the same time. To defend themselves, they all built walls and put troops on the borders. The total length of the wall had already reached 3 107 miles!


In 221 BC, Emperor Qin brought the other six states together and made first unified kingdom in Chinese history. To strengthen his newly born authority and defend the Huns, he ordered his kingdom to connect the walls built by the other states, as well as building new parts of the wall. Thats how the Great Wall of China which started. From the east of today's Liaoning Province and ended at Lintao, Gansu Province.

How does the Great Wall of China Work?

Long before tanks an missiles were made, The Great Wall of China had small houses every 30 metres or so where the soldiers would stay and keep China safe from enemies. When enemies did come to attack, the soldiers in the first house would light a fire for the second house to see. Then the second house would light a fire and so on until it reaches the end. The enemies would either get scared and run away or they will start throwing spears and daggers. This would start a fight.