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Did you know: the Great Wall of China is over 7.000 km long

September 23, 2012

The Great Wall of China, one of the World’s Wonders, is over 7,200 km long, and it was build over a period of 2000 years! The truth is that the real length of the Wall is unknown, as many parts are yet to be revealed.

The Great Wall consists of a network of structures reflecting China’s expansion west and north. The Wall is stretching up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains, plateaus and rivers and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visiting one the Seven Wonders of the World is in easy reach. Fastest way to the Great Wall is Beijing, the Chinese capital. Flights to Beijing and over 1000 hotels available here will make any holiday suitable to any budget. Just 70 km north-east of Beijing lies the Great Wall of China, and tourists have several options for getting there: taxis, trains or couch tours (you can book a trip like that from your hotel).

The construction of the Great Wall of China was started by the Qin dynasty between VII-VIII centuries BC. It is believed to have acted as a military fortification against intruders from north, and over time became a symbol of the great power of the emperor.

The architecture of the Great Wall is a marvel of ancient building work. When taking a walk among the various sections of the Wall, will become difficult to comprehend how many men it must have taken to build this massive structure 8 m across (just enough for 5 horses to travel side-by-side). Not to mention the enormous quantities of stones used and how they were transported there over the 4500 mile length.

A visit to the Great Wall of China will truly be one of the most memorable experiences that anyone could have. To start planning your trip, check for great deals at over 1000 hotels in Beijing using our comparison service.