What We Do Know About the Great Wall of China

Ah, the Great Wall of China, the only manmade structure visible from space. Except, wait, it’s not visible space. Huh. Oh well, what are the odds that one wall would actually be visible from space? What do you mean that it’s not only one wall but a system of many walls built over two thousand years? So what do we know of the Great Wall of China? Well, here are a few of our favorite Wall of China facts.

As many as 400,000 people passed away during the construction of the wall.

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Even crazier is that most of them were probably buried inside the wall itself in some weird variant of Egyptian tomb burials. That’s amazing, but also completely understandable given just how large the scope of the construction was. The labor force that built the wall was made of largely soldiers and convicts. We can only imagine just how many they were.

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