Great Wall of China Facts For Kids

1. How old is the Great Wall of China?
The Great Wall of China is built between 220-206 BC by the first Chinese king, Qin Shi Haung. The Great Wall of China is more than 2300 years old!!

2. Who built the Great Wall of China?
Qin Shi Haung, the first Emperor of China started the construction of The Great Wall of China. The Great Wall was not constructed all at once. The Great Wall of China was built over many centuries by many dynasties. And at present the Chinese government takes care of rebuilding the damaged parts of the wall.

3. When was the Great Wall of China built?
After Uniting China from seven invading states around, the emperor erected and extended the construction of The Great Wall of China along the north of china around 700 BC.

4. What is the color of The Great Wall of China?
The Great Wall of China should have been in bright brown when it was constructed but over time, it has turned to faded dirty dark brown. On the sides it looks whitish grey in color.

5. How is The Great Wall of China called in Chinese?
The Great Wall of China is called as “Wan-Li Qang-Qeng” in Chinese, which means the wall length is10000 Li. 10000 Li is equivalent to 3107 miles or 5000 km.

6. What is the best time to visit The Great Wall of China?
The best time to visit The Great Wall of China is May to early October when it is usually sunny. November to April is very cold, and has very little tourists during this season.

7. What is the length of the Great Wall of China?
In 2009, after complete investigation, the length of The Great Wall of China was announced as 5500 miles (8851.8 km) stretching from Hushan Great Wall in Liaoning and Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu.

8. Why was the Great Wall of China constructed?
The Great Wall of China was erected for the purpose of military defense to protect China from the invasion of Xiongnu people from Mongolia.

9. How was The Great Wall of China built? And how many people worked for it?
It is said the millions of slaves, soldiers, prisoners and even lot of criminals were employed in the process of erecting Great Wall of China. Thousands of them died due to exhaustion and starvation, and the dead bodies were also dumped inside the wall during construction. That is why historians call the Great Wall of China as “The longest cemetery in the world”.

10. What is the height and width of The Great Wall of China?
The Great Wall of China is 25 feet tall and 15-30 feet wide.

11. What is The Great Wall of China made of?
The Great Wall of China was built with the materials that were available around. Major part of the wall is made out of lime, bricks, blocks of rocks and stones. The western part of the wall is made of grass, straw, mud and pounded earth in thick wooden frames.

12. Can you see the Great Wall of China from space or moon?
No. The Great Wall of China can be seen only from lower earth orbit level but not from moon or space. It is proved that an unaided human eye cannot see The Great Wall of China from space.

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