|UNESCO #438 - The Great Wall at Jinshanling - CHINA|
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Great Wall - CHINA - UNESCO #438
This official card came from Taiwan but it shows a beautiful photo taken on the Great Wall of China, because the sender read in my profile that I like UNESCO cards and so she picked one of the cards she bought in one of her frequent trips to China. Thank you very much Iris, I also love traveling but unfortunately never had the chance to visit China or Taiwan. This postcard took 11 days to arrive!
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.