Did You Know This About the Great Wall of China?

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In honor of Jason Lester’s upcoming run across the Great Wall, we’d like to devote this post to one of the greatest wonder’s of the world!

The Great Wall of China represents one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by any civilization. Construction of the Great Wall, by an army of soldiers, prisoners and local people, began in the third century B.C. as a defensive structure between the warring kingdoms, but has stood strong through the centuries as the great Chinese dynasties rose and fell.

The Great Wall as it exists today is a network of thousands of miles of wall, like a gigantic dragon, constructed over the course of 2,000 years. Though many sections have been dismantled and rebuilt over the centuries, the largest section, constructed during the Ming Dynasty, was over 5,500 miles long with much of that still intact today.

Between the 18th and 20th centuries, the Great Wall emerged as the most common symbol of China for the Western world. It has come to represent the vast and enduring strength of China and its people. In fact, the Wall has been incorporated into Chinese mythology and symbolism.

In 1987, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated The Great Wall of China as a World Heritage site stating that it is “an outstanding example of the superb military architecture, technology and art of ancient China,” and is “a perfect example of architecture integrated into the landscape.”

The Great Wall welcomes close to 10 million visitors annually, has been host to a long list of significant world leaders and remains one of the most fascinating and enduring structures in the world, capturing the imagination of generations.

Some interesting facts about the Wall:

  • Many people died while building the wall and were simply buried in the wall. It is thought that the ancient people did this to save funeral expenses, to save building materials and to protect the foundations.
  • The Wall can be seen from space.
  • The width of the Wall is about 4-5 meters.
  • Of all the sections of the Wall, Badaling is the most visited, and the largest. It is located 43 miles northwest of Beijing.
  • The Wall is a powerful symbol of China’s enduring strength.

You’ll be hearing so much more about Jason Lester and the M5MChina Run over the next several weeks and months. For now, take these steps to get more involved in the Run:

  1. Visit M5MRun.com to learn more about Jason, the run and what you can do.
  2. Like and Share the official Facebook Page, Facebook.com/M5MRun. It’s the easiest, fastest way to get the word out now.
  3. Watch the video on YouTube or Vimeo, rate it and leave a comment while you’re there.
  4. Be looking for The Insider in your next order – it features tons of details and stories related to the M5M Run and Jason Lester.
  5. Follow along on Twitter (@M5MRun) and Instagram (@M5MRun).

Share M5M proudly and boldly. We’re taking a huge step in making our vision a reality, and you’re a critical part of it all.

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