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18 Amazing Facts About The Great Wall of China

Here are 18 amazing The Great Wall of China facts.

1-5 The Great Wall of China Facts

1. The Great Wall of China is being stolen brick-by-brick by locals to build houses and also by visitors as souvenirs. – Source

2. The time it took to build the Great Wall of China was longer than the whole span of Christianity (Over 2000 years). – Source

3. China’s Great Wall was first built by China’s shortest dynasty, Qin, which lasted only 15 years. – Source

4. The Great Wall of China has caused the populations of plants on each side to diverge genetically. – Source

5. The Great Wall of China is actually a series of walls, with some parts in Mongolia and North Korea. – Source


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6. The myth that the Great Wall of China is visible from space originated before anyone had ever been into space, and dates back even as far back as the 18th century. – Source

7. It was legal to drive on top of the Great Wall of China until 2006. – Source

8. In China’s Panjiakou reservoir you can scuba dive parts of the Great Wall which have been submerged underwater. – Source

9. In 1931 the government in China almost turned the Great Wall of China into a national motor highway. – Source

10. The length of the Great Wall of China if straightened out is about 1.6x the diameter of the Earth. – Source


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11. During the Cultural Revolution of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Communist leader Mao Zedong encouraged Chinese citizens to dismantle parts of the Great Wall of China as a protest against the monument’s imperial origins. – Source

12. There is a toboggan ride to get you down from the Great Wall of China. – Source

13. There is a Starbucks at the Great Wall of China. – Source

14. During construction of the Great Wall of China, if a convicted criminal forced to work on the Wall died before his sentence was over, he had to be replaced by another member of his family. – Source

15. The Great Wall of China was one of the deadliest construction projects ever with estimates 7 million dead of 3 dynasties. – Source

16-18 The Great Wall of China Facts

16. It would take you around 18 months to walk the Great Wall of China. – Source

17. The literal Mandarin translation of the Great Wall of China is “The Long City.” – Source

18. In 2005 a skateboarder did an Ollie over The Great Wall Of China. – Source

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