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Today I’m kicking off a week of Chinese UNESCO posts, coinciding with today, which is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. To begin, I present these two views of the Great Wall of China:

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This first one is from Linus on the Postcrossing forum. It shows the Great Wall at Simatai.

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The second view is from bjsusu, also on the Postcrossing forum. It shows the section of the Great Wall near Jinshanling in the Hebei province.

The Great Wall is not just one uniform wall. It was built over many centuries to repel invaders. The wall is built of many materials including stone, brick, and tamped earth. Most of the wall still standing was built by the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century CE. The Ming portions of the wall are about 8,850 km (5,500 miles) long. The wall is not always continuous: there are parts where the wall was replaced by trenches or natural defenses like impassable mountains or rivers. The wall also has many branches.

Contrary to a popular myth, the wall is not the only human building that is visible from space. It is only marginally visible to astronauts in the international space station, most have reported needing binoculars to see it.

Bjsusu used some new stamps on the card:

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Come back later in the week for more Chinese UNESCO adventures!

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