The Great Wall of China is one of the most well known wonders of the world and also has some haunted rumors wandering the wall about the souls of dead soldiers still patrolling the walls. 

Standing tall for centuries, the Great Wall of China (萬里長城 / 万里长城) has become a symbol of Chinese civilization and power.

There are many myths about The Great Wall of China that turn out to be not so true. It is said you can see it from the moon, that Mao climbed the walls when he was six and said you could not be seen as a man without doing it. 

It is also said to be haunted and an ancient Chinese ballad says the wall is stacked with the bones of the dead soldiers. Can this also be one of those myths?

A Brief History of the Great Wall

The Great Wall of China has a long and enthralling history, beginning as early as the 7th century BC when small walls were built to defend against invading nomadic tribes from the north. 

These protections were built upon by various dynasties throughout the centuries, with construction reaching its peak in the Ming dynasty at around 1368-1644 C.E when they built the walls we know of today. 

It is estimated that more than 1 million people ended their life on the wall to protect their homeland, and many are claiming it is these people that are haunting the wall today, patrolling the walls, watching for enemies and marching for their country.

Exploring The Remnants of Yesteryear

The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world and stretches for 8,850 km. It is over 6,000 km long when it takes into account all branches and spurs of the wall, making it far longer than originally thought. It follows a rugged terrain along mountain ridges stretching across northern China, with an average height of 8 meters and reaching up to 15-20 meters as it climbs mountains.

Embarking on a journey through the Great Wall of China is truly like stepping back in time. As you meander along its brick-laid wonders, you can experience the past and present coming together to create an unforgettable adventure. 

Not only does it boast stunning architecture, but also it’s full of tales from a bygone era – from the brave warriors who fought against Mongol invaders, to those who built the Wall under various dynasties. From grand gates to watchtowers, each stone or brick tells a story that can be revisited time and time again.

The Ghosts of The Wild Wall

Many of the stories about the Great Wall of China being haunted, are told about a part of the wall known as the Wild Wall that is a bit further away from Beijing and the tourists, that were more covered with bushes and more desolate than other parts.

Tourists and visitors claim to have seen soldiers patrolling the wall as well as hearing the sound of marching footsteps belonging to no one. 

Mysterious deaths of travelers have also been said to have occurred, so step with caution on these parts. 

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