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The Great Wall of China

Contrary to popular belief the construction of the Great Wall began centuries before the reign of legendary ruler Qin Shi Huang (259-210 BC), the unifier of China. The first sections were erected by rivaling tribes as early as the 7th century BC.

During the time of the Qin dynasty (221-207 BC) the bricks of the Great Wall were attached to one another with sticky rice.

The more than 13 thousand-mile-long (21,000 km) Great Wall is more than 4.5 times longer than the farthest distance between the east and the west coast of the USA as the crow flies.

Contrary to the legend which appeared first in the letter of English antiquarian William Stukeley in 1754, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from space.

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