Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Great Wall - CHINA - UNESCO #438

This card is from the Great Wall of China, probably the best known Chinese UNESCO site in the world and it was the first direct swap I made in POSTCROSSING... it took 38 days, but found its way until my mailbox - thanks a lot danyan! 37 sites crossed from the list, 925 to go. This postcard took 38 days to arrive!
 
UNESCO #438 - The Great Wall - CHINA

In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), when the Great Wall became the world's largest military structure, with a total length of more than 20,000 kilometers. Known to the Chinese as the 'Long Wall of Ten Thousand Li', the formidable defensive structures built to ward off invasion of the Celestial Empire by barbarians has a historic and strategic importance, matched only by its architectural significance.



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