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25 Astonishing Facts About The Great Wall Of China You May Not Know

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There are few people who haven´t heard of the legendary Great Wall of China. The world´s longest man-made structure has been the symbol of China for centuries but there is a plenty of things you probably didn’t know about it. To expend your knowledge on this unique giant landmark, check out these 25 astonishing facts about the Great Wall of China you may not know. Follow us on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/list25 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/list25 Website: http://list25.com Chek out the physical list at - http://list25.com/25-astonishing-facts-about-the-great-wall-of-china/ Now check out this great preview: People usually think the length of the Wall is about 3900 miles (6276.442 km) but in fact, the entire thing is 5500 miles (8851.392 km) long. 3900 miles(6276.442 km) is the length of the actual wall but you have to add the length of the trenches and natural barriers that are also part of the complex. The construction of the Wall took over 2 thousands years. The very first parts of the Wall were built as early as in the 8th century BC. Over the years the Wall has had names such as “barrier”, “rampant”, or “fortress” to much more poetic names like “Purple Frontier” or “Earth Dragon”. It was not until the end of the 19th century when it got the official name “The Great Wall of China”. Although the Wall has been around for more than two millennia, it was unknown to the rest of the world. The First European who set foot on the Wall, is supposed to be a Portuguese explorer named Bento de Gois in 1605. The myth claiming that the mortar used for binding the building material was made of human bones, is not true. The building material consisted of many things available at the given time, ranging from compacted earth, stones, rubble or wood to bricks, clay tiles or lime. (For more facts, be sure to check out the video) And also check out these lovely lists: "25 most dangerous trecks, climbs, and hikes on earth" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l82bemAIE9U and "25 Interesting Beer Facts That Will Leave You Tipsy" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJOItbGNCro&list=PL3Ikn3SKdJHgh4drBxL4fvolUdmsP87OV