7 November 2014
The Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall of China located in Huairou District. It is the most well-preserved and the most famous section of the Great Wall that stretches 5,500 miles long from east to west of China.
Built mostly of granite, the Great Wall in Mutianyu offers a picturesque view of the Great Wall in what seems like a dragon’s back as the structure follow the movement of the cliffs and mountains in a serpentine wave, reminiscent of the Chinese Dragons folklore.
Construction of the Great wall started in around 221 B.C. from the order of Emperor Qin Shi Huang of Ming Dynasty. He was the first emperor of a unified China. It was initially built to ward off enemies and protect China against attacks from the north by the Huns and nomads.
In 1987, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Great Wall of China a World Heritage site for its ambitious undertaking and a testament to ancient China’s superb military architecture.