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Fact Or Fiction: Five Things You Should Know About The Great Wall Of China

Travelers Today       By    Jestan Dale Mendame

Updated: Feb 20, 2017 04:21 AM EST

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There's some common knowledge about the Great Wall of China that almost everyone knows, but are they fact or fiction? Some myths are worth debunking so here are five things you should know about China's ancient wall. 

Is It Visible From Space?

Back in 1932, an amateur anthropologist from America made a public statement that the Great Wall can be seen from the moon which later on became an urban myth. But when space travel advancements happened, people weren't able to see from space.

It's Called The Long Wall

Most people call it the Great Wall but it's not how the Chinese call it. In fact, most locals call it Chang Cheng which means Long Wall or Long City. Chinese poets would even go for more artistic names such as The Earth Dragon or The Purple Wall.

It's "Not" The Longest Graveyard In The World

With a wall that's over 5500 miles, it's assumed a lot of workers died making it the longest cemetery. But according to The Telegraph, no human remains were discovered and it was only a tactic by a historian to destroy a previous regime.

Rice Flour Was Used To Build It

According to China Travellers, during the Qin Dynasty which lasted in 221-207 BC, glutinous rice flour was the material used by builders to bind the bricks together. It was hitting two birds with one stone because the rice was used as binding material and food for the workers as well.

The Wall Can't Be Penetrated Back In The Day

It was indeed a great wall that defended China from enemies. However, it's the people behind the walls that makes it penetrable. In 1644, on traitor in the Shanhaiguan outpost opened one of the gates and let the Manchu armies in. This event would change the course of China's history.

There's a lot about the Great Wall of China that everyone didn't know. These five things would help in making you appreciate this historical edifice even more. 

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