Great Wall of China
By: Ryan Murphy
The Great Wall of China is an old and huge landmark. The Great Wall of China is man-made and stretches 4,000 miles across Northern China. The wall is so big that you can see it from space!
Many slaves were forced to build the wall. Many slaves died in the process because it took hundreds of years to build. All the slaves got buried by the sides of the walls. Slaves would get whipped if they didn't work hard enough.
The wall stood 30 feet high and 10 feet wide (long enough for 5 horses to walk across). The were watchtowers built on the wall. The watchtowers had guards in them to make signals if they thought there was danger. In the daytime they set off smoke to make the signal when there or the guard thought there was danger. At night when they thought they felt like they were in danger they would set off a fire.
Some interesting facts about the Great Wall of China is that it is the largest man-made structure in the world. The wall was being built in 200 B.C. At that time that was when the first section of the wall was built.
Qin Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of Qin and ordered slaves to build the Great Wall of China. Huangdi built the wall to prevent invaders or enemies invade Northern China. That is why they built the watchtowers.
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