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The South Great Wall of China

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The South Great Wall of China

The Southern Great Wall is 10 kilometers away from Fenghuang City, and takes about half an hour to reach by bus. It was in April 2000 that archaeologists discovered more than 200 kilometers of ancient wall here, similar to the Great Wall of Northern China. After more archaeological research, they found its structural and military systems to be the same as those of the Northern Great Wall. They were therefore able to confirm that it was part of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall built to defend the kingdom against the Miao people of the south.

The construction of the South Great Wall of China was commenced in the 33rd year during the reign of Jiajing in the Ming Dynasty (1554 A.D.) and finished in the third year during the reign of Tianqi (1622 A.D.). It extends from the Tingziguan Pass on the border of Tongren in the south to the ancient town Xiqueying in Jishou City in the north. Experts estimate that the Southern Great Wall was 380 meters or more long, 2.3 meters tall, 1.7 meters wide at its base, and 1 meter wide on top.

All in all, it must have been a magnificent sight, but since the Ming and Qing dynasties, the wall's stones have been taken away by the local people. Hence the wall now visible comes to an abrupt halt, and its rampart has had to be renovated by the local government at huge cost.


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