…Not a bad statistic right?
So in the last few years I have managed to tick off 4 out of 7 of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”. First The Colosseum in Rome, then both Machu Picchu (Peru) and Rio’s infamous Christ the Redeemer- just a matter of weeks apart on my amazing journey through South America and then of course The Great Wall of China just last week!
Although I merely saw a fraction of the Great Wall; since it is over 13,000 miles; it truly was amazing and most certainly left me wondering. Like most of the 7 Wonders, The Great wall of China had me wondering how? Just how? How? How? Granted, it was over built over a period of different dynasties, and thousands of years (as early as the 7th century BC) but this Wall is absolutely magnificent in length alone! Not that I saw it all (no where close), but do you know how long 13,171 miles is? The answer is, LONG! To put it into perspective, it is just under 11,500 miles from the UK to New Zealand! Yes, that long!
I don’t think we appreciate just how amazing this wall is. I know I certainly didn’t. Not until very recently anyway. Of course I knew The Great Wall of China was a long long wall that went across (east-to-west) China, but in no way was I made aware, nor did I expect to hear that it was [correction; “Is”] that long!
Separating different Kingdoms, the Great Wall was originally built across the historical northern boarder of China, to protect the Chinese state and Empires from the Eurasian Steppe their desire to raid and invade. Several walls were built, then these were later joined together; made bigger, stronger and of course longer; into the Great Wall it is today!