Facts and Data
Official Unesco Page
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Lanzhou University (chinese only)
Meet the Great Wall (Meet the Great Wall Studio)
Great Wall of China (TravelChinaGuide.com)
Unesco World heritage since: 1987
Size of heritage: 2,152 ha
- Buffer zone: 4,801 ha
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. Its historic and strategic importance is matched only by its architectural significance.
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Large airport - 35 mi (57 km) Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Large airport - 47 mi (76 km) Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Large airport - 112 mi (180 km) Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport
Medium airport - 165 mi (266 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.