The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

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  • The classroom
  • Mr. Robin? Can you help me with this paper on the Great Wall of China?
  • Of course. What do you need me to do?
  • Can do!
  • Can you just tell me some facts about it? 
  • Woah! Slow down, i'll answer all your question.
  • The Great Wall was originally planned by Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who was the founder of the Qin dynasty, in the third century B.C. He wanted to prevent barbarian invasions.
  • Oh, okay.  I have so many more questions! What's the wall made of? How far does it go? When was it built? How was it built? Di-
  • The Great Wall of China
  • It's also said that as many as 400,000 people died during the construction of the wall. Many of these people were buried within the wall.
  • The wall started being built in 1474. The famous Chinese general Meng Tian directed the project, it's said that he used a massive army of soldiers, convicts, and commoners as workers.
  • huh.
  • In some places, sections of the wall overlapped for maximum security. From a base of 15 to 50 feet, the Great Wall rose some 15 to 30 feet high and was topped by ramparts 12 feet or higher; guard towers were placed along it.
  • The wall is made of mostly earth and stone, the wall stretched from the China Sea port of Shanhaiguan over 3,000 miles west into Gansu province. 
  • That's huge!
  • Something just as important, the Great Wall was split into north and south lines, which were called the Inner and Outer Walls. "Passes," or fortresses, were placed along the wall.
  • There are so many more things I could tell you about the Great Wall of China, but unfortunately, we have run out of time.
  • The passes closest to Beijing were named the Three Inner Passes. Further west were called the Three Outer Passes. All six passes were heavily protected during the Ming period and considered vital to the defense of the capital.
  • Oh, well, thanks Mr. Robin!
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