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Around the World in 80 Days (and 32 Pictures)

by Mark Schatzker

EXPLORING THE GREAT WALL(S) OF CHINA

When my guide David Spindler talks about the Great Wall, he likes to start out by clearing the air of any myths. The Great Wall of China was not a raised highway used to transport goods and people across the country; it cannot be seen from the moon; there are no dead workers buried within its bricks; and no one knows how long it is. Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not one big, long, continuous stretch of unending wall. It is several pieces, with many gaps. It is also many different walls.

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