Daily Escape

Great Wall of China    

Photography by Christopher Herwig / Aurora Photos

Great Wall of China

Gansu, China

In case you need a refresher on one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Wall of China, which ranged from 5,500 to 13,171 miles (depending on various archeological studies), was built to protect the Chinese Empire from invading countries and nomadic groups. The Jiayuguan or Jiayu Pass (pictured), located in northern China, is one of the Great Wall’s best-preserved military fortifications. The series of gates and turrets, built of mud bricks, was feared by invaders and the Chinese alike: When citizens were banished from the empire, they were pushed out through Jiayuguan’s gates.

More Daily Escapes

You Might Also Like

Most Liked

More Travel Inspirations

Food Network America's Best Cook
Who Is America’s Best Cook?

See home cooks compete on Food Network to win the coveted title.

Cooking Channel's Cooking Fundamentals
Master Your Cooking Skills

Learn the fundamentals of cooking with Cooking Channel’s tips and videos.

HGTV's Living Alaska
Imagine Alaskan Living

Do you have what it takes to live in Alaska? Tour Alaskan Homes on HGTV.