The Great Wall of China is one of the world's most well-known architectural landmarks. In the seventh century B.C., Chinese warlords constructed the wall to defend China from nomadic raiders. For 2,000 years, the labourers of China's great dynasties worked to maintain the Great Wall. Today, it is a tourist attraction and symbol of China's long history as a nation.
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To find the Great Wall of China on a map, look for Korea Bay and the Bohai Sea, on the eastern coast of Asia. Find the intersection of 40 degrees north latitude, 120 degrees east longitude. Just west of that point, in the coastal city Qinhuangdao, is the eastern end of the Great Wall of China.
North of Beijing
The Great Wall continues west through the mountains north of China's capital, Beijing. Many tourists depart from Beijing to visit the Great Wall because it is just south of major tourist centres such as those at Badaling and Mutianyu. The Great Wall continues westward through China, far out into the desert wastes.
On to Mongolia
In central China, the Great Wall runs roughly parallel to the modern-day border with Mongolia. Its westernmost point is near Jiayuguan in the province of Gansu.
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