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World Wonder: The Great Wall of China

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Stretching for thousands of miles, the Great Wall of China protected ancient China from invaders.
The Great Wall of China snakes along the hills in the Mongolian plain

The Great Wall of China snakes along the hills in the Mongolian plain

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About the Great Wall of China
No one is sure exactly how long the Great Wall of China is. Many say that the Great Wall extends some 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers). But the Great Wall is not actually a single wall but a series of disconnected walls.

Snaking along the hills in the southern part of the Mongolian plain, the Great Wall (or Walls) were built over centuries, beginning as early as 500 BC. During the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), many walls were joined and re-enforced for greater strength. In places, the massive walls are as tall as 29.5 feet (9 meters).

The Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2007, the Great Wall of China was also named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

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