13 Unexpected Views Of The Great Wall Of China You Need To See
June 4, 2015
The Great Wall of China.
Every school child’s heard of it. If you’ve been lucky enough to visit China you may even have seen it. Our guess however is that you’ll have been shown one of the ‘tourist approved’ parts of the wall that everyone’s familiar with.
The wall itself stretches on a rough east to west line over 21,196 km (13,171miles) which means there’s a lot more to see than most tourists normally ever get the chance to.
Stretching over deserts, forest, snow-capped mountains and lakes the www.CRUISE.co.uk team brings you… the real Great Wall of China
Many sections are just ruins now
Many sections of the Great Wall have fallen into disrepair over the centuries….
With only the main tourist spots receiving regular upkeep (we guess a wall isn’t so important now Mongolian hordes aren’t trying to invade China)
Well construction did start on the first, original sections between the 8th and 5th centuries BC so we guess a bit of repair work should only be expected!
Whilst others trace their way over towering mountains
How they ever managed to build a wall along there we’ll never know!
Although more to the point who did they think would be invading up the side of a mountain?
Did You Know: As impressive as it is the Great Wall of China has never been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World although is sometimes included in the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.
Ever seen the Great Wall of China covered in snow?
All those mountains means the Wall is sometimes covered in snow….
(In fact the wall reaches its highest point just outside of Beijing on Mt Heita at 5,033 feet above sea level).
Bet you’ve never seen that in any of the brochures!
From freezing snow to baking deserts…
China’s a big place.
Which means, over its 13,000 mile length the wall has to go through a lot of varying terrain.
We say wall instead of using the honorific Wall as by the time it gets to this point it can hardly be called great… Don’t you think?
In fact it’s a bit of a misnomer to even call it one continuous wall. Instead it’s a series of separate walls, built at different times in the past that were finally all joined together.
It continues right through the forests…
The Wall has been in existence for so long now that in parts of its length thick forests have grown up on either side of it with some trees now towering over the actual wall itself!
And even over lakes!
We can’t even begin to imagine the engineering that went into this hundreds and thousands of years ago!
Suffice to say it’s impressive to see!
Nope – That’s an urban legend!
This myth has been floating around for years, that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object that can be seen from the moon.
It’s just not true though and never has been.
From the moon you can barely make out China (let alone a wall)!
You can’t even see it from a low Earth orbit in space! So let’s put that myth to bed once and for all shall we?
And it finally comes to an end…
Over mountains, through forests, over lakes and deserts it finally comes to a rather uninspiring end in the Xinjiang province – We’re not sure how many invaders this section of the wall is meant to stop but our guess would be not many!
Have you ever visited the Great Wall of China?
How did it compare to these images?
Let us know in the comments below…
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