The Great Wall of China is among the world’s most widely known landmarks. Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west and stretches for 8,851.8 km. Most believe this barrier was built in the names of war and bloodshed. However, it’s true purpose was for peace. Qi, Jin, Chu, Qin, Lu and Zheng States were the most powerful states among the 149 located in China. Each struggled for power. Thus leading to each section being built between 5th century B.C. and the 16th century. The first wall was arguably built around seven centuries B.C. by the Chu State, powerful prince enfeoffed by the Zhou Kingdom and flourish during the Spring and Autumn Period (B.C. 770 ~ 476). Although, it’s true origins is unknown.
Each state added a section or more all for similar purposes. More than twenty states and dynasties built their own walls throughout history. Some parts are of different materials and various shapes. Some sections were made from rammed Earth and gravel between boards. Others bricks, tiles, lime or stones. Built to withstand the attack of small arms such as swords and spears. Signal towers were built upon hill tops or other high points along the wall for their visibility in case reinforcements needed to be called in or warn of approaching garrisons. This Wonder of the World continues to be of great fascination for historians. It’s also believed to be one of the most haunted locations in the world.
Two to three million people died created The Great Wall from accidents or other methods. Tourists have met with sudden uneasiness and illnesses such as nausea, headaches and body pains. Others have reported seeing apparitions, being grabbed, punched and slapped. There’s even a myth that states “If you visit the Great Wall, the spirits of the fallen workers will haunt you until you cross a line of firecrackers to scare them away”.
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