There are many wonderful man-made structures in the world today, new and old. Twenty-two centuries ago, a poet by the name of Antipater made a list of the Seven Wonders of the World. All of these structures were wonderful and man-made, but there was one structure that belonged on the list that wasn't on it: the Great Wall of China. It is the longest man made structure ever created and can be referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The Great Wall of China isn't one continuous wall; it is several walls that have been connected over time. The wall was built completely by hand and extends over 4,500 miles long across the northern boarder of China. It wasn't built in a straight line because they believed demons from the north would be able to pass through the wall. They thought demons only traveled in straight lines and therefore couldn't cross crocked lines; so the wall was built with several curves and turns.
It is said that the wall resembles a sleeping dragon; and the dragon is an important symbol of China. It took around two thousand years to build. It is about twenty or thirty feet high and fifteen feet wide. It is also the only man-made structure that can be seen by the naked eye from outer space. The original ideas for the wall was to keep out invaders from the North, to keep the people busy building so they wouldn't cause trouble for the new empire, and to keep the people in. The small states of China each built its own wall to keep out invaders; but the major portions of the wall were built, connected, and repaired during the dynasties of Qin, Han, and Ming.
During the time known as the Warring States...