The Great Wall of China is not only the greatest historical monument in China, but is also one of the seven wonders of the world. Stretchting across the northern territory of China, it has defended the border of China against invading tribes of the north in the ancient times. It has hence become the symbol of China, making it, perhaps, the most significant structure in the history of its motherland.
The spirit of the people gives it life, the blood gives it the energy to stand tall and proud on the meandering mountains and across the vast barren desert for centuries. However, the wall does not only show the profound wisdom and diligence of the people, but also leads to great wealth and prosperity of the entire nation. It represents the strong determination and courage of the Chinese people. It is a representation of grandeur and unity. Its position in the people’s heart is steadfast and strong. The national anthem of China containing phrases which depicts the Great Wall, "let us use our flesh and blood, to build a brand new Great Wall." The shoulder emblem of the Chinese Police Force has the Great Wall in the design. The beauty of the Great Wall is also revealed by making its appearences on the Chinese notes and coins.
The national anthem of China is also written about the Great Wall. The wall itself has also enhanced the economical progress of the China. For example, the famous Silk Route was build to the south of the Great Wall. Silk was mostly transported from China to Rome where it was sold at the price of gold. Many goods were transported back to China, too. Not only goods were exchanged, but also the various cultures and religions found their way from the East to the West and vice versa. However, without the Great Wall, all these would not very much have happened as some parts of the Silk Route was open to the attacks from bandits and the native tribes of the north. The Great Wall prevented these from occurring and therefore, increased the growth of Chinese influence to the other countries.
However, some people feel that the construction of the Great Wall should never have commenced. Bodies of the many men were buried under the Great Wall during its construction, hence sometimes called the longest graveyard. The deaths of people made many emperors very unpopular and this is one of the many reasons of the fall of a dynasty. Besides, the Great Wall did not actually work that well as planned in battles due to the lack of soldiers.
Still, it is the pride of China with endless streams of tourists come to gaze upon this magnificent structure, neve failing to sing its praises. It has seen China's progress from the Qin dynasty to now, from ancient China to an advanced civilization. It has felt moments of victory, defeat, joy, hatred and patriotism. The wall itself has not only inspired patriots, but also writers, artists, musicians and travelers. Many people traveled all the way here to admire the beauty of the wall. The wall planted the roots of sadness and inspirations in the people who left behind great literature. Folklore concerning the Great Wall have also evovled among the common people. They express the feelings and thoughts of the poets and people towards the wall and we can have a greater understanding of the Great Wall through these thoughts and feelings. Thus, besides and brief history of the wall, we have also included folklore and poems concerning the Great Wall in our website. We hope that through this website, you will learn more about the Great Wall.