The Great Wall of China more than twice as long as thought

“Soon after they finished in 2006, the State Administration of Cultural
Heritage ordered teams in every province to measure any of the wall that
were in their jurisdiction. Thirteen dynasties ordered walls to be built, so
this is the sum total of the walls of the other 12.

Of course many may now be fragmented and derelict. The figure is a bit
disappointing, I expected it to be higher.”

Major construction of the Great Wall dates to the first emperor of the Qin
dynasty (221-206 BC), and was expanded centuries later.

A total of 43,721 heritage sites were identified nationwide during the survey,
said Tong Mingkang, an official at the State Administration of Culture and

However, he added that only 8.2 per cent of the wall built during the Ming
Dynasty remains intact, and that almost three-quarters of that is in a poor
condition. The effort to map all of the branches of the wall are part of a
new initiative to preserve the structure.

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