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Great Wall of China - Notable Areas

Great Wall - History - Characteristics

The "North Pass" of Juyongguan Pass is known as the Badaling. This particular area of the Great Wall is where most tourists visit. When used by the Chinese to protect their land, this wall was well manned by guards so as to guard China's capital, Beijing. However, Badaling is very difficult to access. Made out of stone and bricks from the hills, this portion of the Great Wall is 7.8 meter high, and 5 meter wide.

Representing the Ming Great Wall, Jinshanling is considered to have the most striking sights of the Great Wall. It runs 11 kilometer long, ranges from 5 to 8 meter in height, and 6 meter across the bottom, narrowing up to 5 meter across the top. Wangjinglou is one of Jinshanling's 67 watchtowers, rising 980 meter above sea level.

ShanHaiGuan Great Wall is referred to as the "Museum of the Construction of the Great Wall", because of a temple, the Meng Jiang-Nu Temple, built during the Song Dynasty. The ShanHaiGuan Great Wall is known for many different things, both with the construction of the wall, and also its history.

The first pass of the Great Wall was located on the ShanhaiGuan (known as the "Number One Pass Under Heaven"), the first mountain the Great Wall climbs, Jia Shan, is also located here, as is the Jiumenkou, which is the only portion of the wall that was built as a bridge.