The Great Wall is perhaps China's most famous
and most mythologized site. Several sections are conveniently
visited from Beijing, including at Badaling, the most popular
site, about 70 km (43 mi.) northwest of Beijing and at Mutianyu,
90 km (56 mi.) northeast of Beijing. These impressive brick
and earth structures date from the Ming dynasty, when the
wall was fortified against Mongol forces to the north. The
Ming wall is about 26 feet tall and 23 feet wide at the
base, and could accommodate up to six horsemen riding abreast.
Watch towers were built on high points every 200-300 meters
or so and were housed with small garrison forces that could
communicate with fire signals or fireworks. These stretches
of the wall are part of a system that extends from the Shanhaiguan
fortress on the Bohai Gulf in the east to the Jiayuguan
fortress in the west, altogether some 6000 km (3700 mi).
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