The Great Wall of China partially collapsed due to an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale that rocked Qinghai Province, China, Monday, January 10, 2022 night. This information was confirmed directly by the local authorities after carrying out further inspections at the earthquake-affected location.
Launching from The Global Times, the Great Wall of China fell two meters long. After the earthquake, the local authorities immediately examined further cultural heritage objects and immediately secured the location of the ruins. Then, the restoration process was also immediately carried out to renovate the location of the ruins so that there would be no greater damage.
The Great Wall of China is one of the wonders of the world that has been included in the UNESCO world historical heritage site. This site is really guarded because it has a long history for human civilization. The following is a brief history of the Great Wall of China that you need to know.
Built over 1,800 years
Has a length of 21,196 km and crossed 9 provinces, the construction of the Great Wall of China took a long time. According to historical records, this building was made over 1,800 years and under three dynasties.
The Great Wall of China began to be built during the Western Zhou Dynasty or in 1046 to 771 BC. After the reign of the Western Zhou Dynasty ended, the construction of this building was continued during the Qin Dynasty which began to connect all the walls into a unified whole.
The work on the Great Wall of China did not stop there. Under the rule of the Han Dynasty, or in the years 259-210 BC, the Great Wall of China underwent restoration and replaced with high-quality materials as a form of national defense.
Until now, after going through many ruling dynasties, the Great Wall of China continues to be maintained and maintained so that it can remain historical evidence that can be visited by tourists.
During its construction, the Great Wall of China claimed 400,000 lives
Built for 1,800 years and through three dynastic reigns, of course the construction of the Great Wall of China requires no small amount of human resources. Launching from Mentalfloss.com, there are at least one million workers who participated in the construction of the Great Wall of China. Most of the workers were soldiers and farmers.
However, not only that, prisoners of war and convicts were also forcibly employed to help work on this project. In fact, these prisoners of war and convicts were also tied with chains while working to ensure they did not escape. Due to the strict workmanship, at least 400 thousand workers died while working.
The purpose of the Great Wall of China
Before becoming a historical tourist destination when visiting China, the Great Wall of China was originally built as a form of national defense. This wall was built to withstand attacks from northern nations who wanted to dominate China.
In addition, another purpose of the construction of this wall is to monitor the entry and exit of goods through the silk route, oversee trade, and control the immigration process of those who come and leave China.
His real name is not The Great Wall of China
So far, we know it by the name of The Great Wall of China or the Great Wall of China. However, the actual name of this wall is 万里长城 or Wànlǐ Chángchéng. In Chinese, Wànlǐ Chángchéng means the 1000 Mile Long Wall.
Great Wall of China seen from the moon?
So big, it is said that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space and the moon. However, it turns out this is just a myth. In fact, the Great Wall of China is invisible from space, much less from the moon. The reason, this building blends with the surrounding landscape. Thus, this wall is not visible from space.