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Posted on June 7, 2012 in Travel News

Through a survey that started five years ago, Chinese historians have officially measured the length of the Great Wall of China- and it happens to be longer than previously thought. The Great Wall was built as a conglomerate defensive systems to keep the Mongols out of China, so it isn't just one long wall; levees, earthen walls, trenches and towers are also included in the length of it. The old distance was thought to be around 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) but now a combination of Ming-Dynasty walls and Pre-Ming Dynasty walls put the distance at an amazing 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers) long!

The wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, is one of our members' favorite marvels in China. As MichaelJM puts it, "The Great Wall had been on my "must-do" list for several years and as we paused for breath I realised that words to describe this wonder of the world were hard to find. I do remember reading that Richard Nixon had summarised his experience with the words "it sure is a great wall". I’m not sure I can top that!"

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