Tourist Attraction Great Wall Of China

When you said that you have been to​ China as​ a​ sight seeing tourist,​ invariably people will ask you whether you have you visited the​ Great Wall of​ China.

Why are people so obsessed with this ancient fortress monument? Well,​ as​ someone who have taken a​ sightseeing tour of​ the​ Great Wall,​ I can sum it​ up in​ one word. the​ Great Wall of​ China is​ awesome!

I was awestruck by the​ spectacular scenery and its courageous history. This gigantic monument is​ considered by many people as​ one of​ the​ wonders of​ the​ world. Any tourist traveling to​ China must definitely make visit the​ Chinese tourist attraction.

The Great Wall of​ China is​ over 2,​000 years old and it​ is​ a​ monument rich in​ history. it​ was first conceived and constructed by Qin Shi Huang or​ also known as​ Shi Huang Ti,​ who was the​ first emperor of​ China. the​ wall is​ called "Wan-Li Qang-Qeng" in​ Chinese when translated literally means 10,​000 li long wall which is​ equivalent to​ about 5,​000 km or​ 2,​272 miles long.

The Great Wall of​ China was constructed as​ a​ military fortification against intrusion by invading normadic ancient tribes. the​ Chinese people at​ that time called these tribes barbarians since the​ Chinese royalties were living in​ sprawling palaces and these tribes were living in​ tents.

After the​ emperor Qin unified China in​ 214 BC,​ he ordered the​ construction of​ the​ wall. it​ took more than a​ decade to​ construct and the​ great wall stretched from Lintao in​ the​ eastern part of​ Gansu province in​ the​ west to​ Liaodong in​ Jilin province in​ the​ east. the​ wall not only served as​ a​ defensive bastien against invaders in​ the​ northern parts of​ China,​ it​ is​ also a​ symbol of​ power for the​ proud emperor.

From the​ Qin Dynasty onwards,​ Xiongnu (translated from Chinese as​ fierce anger),​ which was an​ ancient tribe that roamed Northern China,​ frequently make incursions and plunder towns and villages along the​ northern border.

During the​ Han Dynasty in​ and around 121 BC,​ emperor Han Wu Di,​ ordered three military expeditions to​ repel and quash the​ Xiongnu tribe. the​ military expeditions successfully pushed the​ Xiongnu tribe into the​ far north of​ the​ Gobi desert,​ which is​ a​ tundra.

In order to​ secure the​ safety of​ the​ Hexi Corridor (now Gansu province),​ the​ emperor also ordered the​ construction of​ the​ extension of​ the​ Great Wall westward into the​ Hexi Corridor and Xinjiang region. the​ ruins of​ the​ tower beacons and debris of​ the​ Han Wall are still preserved in​ Dunhuang,​ Yumen and Yangguan districts and provinces. There is​ also a​ report that more ruins of​ the​ Han Wall have recently been discovered near Lopnur in​ Xinjiang province.

The present day Great Wall of​ China in​ Beijing is​ mainly the​ remains from the​ Ming Dynasty era. During this golden era of​ Chinese culture,​ bricks and granite were used when the​ workers laid the​ foundation of​ the​ wall. Sophisticated designs and passes were also constructed in​ places of​ strategic military importance.

To further empower the​ military's control of​ China's northern frontiers,​ the​ Ming Dynasty government divided the​ Great Wall into nine zones and placed each zone under the​ command and control of​ a​ Zhen,​ which is​ a​ military garrison headquarter.

The Ming Wall begins at​ Yalujiang River in​ what is​ now in​ Heilongjiang province,​ through Liaoning,​ Hebei,​ Inner Mongolia,​ Shanxi,​ Shaanxi,​ Ningxia provinces,​ to​ Gansu reaching a​ length of​ about 12,​700 li (about 5,​200 km or​ 2,​400 miles).

Although the​ Great Wall served succeeding dynasties very well for a​ few hundred years as​ a​ defence bastion against invading forces,​ the​ invaders from the​ north in​ the​ end were able to​ advance and conquer China in​ succeeding dynasties such as​ Mongolians (Yuan Dynasty,​ 1271-1368) and the​ Manchus (Qing Dynasty,​ 1644-1911) did.

With such splendidly rich history and panoramic views,​ is​ it​ any wonder why the​ Great Wall of​ China is​ one of​ the​ most visited tourist attraction in​ the​ world?
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