The Great Wall of China is one of the most amazing wonders of the world. It was constructed and used for many purposes such as a transportation corridor, border controls, and encouragement of trade. The defense features include watch towers, troop barracks, garrison stations, and signaling capabilities by means of fire and smoke.
The UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage site in 1987. Spanning approximately, 851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west across China the Great Wall spreads across deserts, plains, mountains and flat terrain. Over its 2000 year history some of the segments have vanished or are now in total decay. Because of its architectural grandeur and historical importance it is still one of the most visited attractions in China.
An assortment of terracotta sculptures representing the armies of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. TheTerracotta Warriors and Horses are a scene not to be missed during a visit to China.
Revealed in 1974 by a local farmer it is an amazing site. The thousands of full-scale figures have unique faces, hair and armor style suitable to their rank. It is projected that there are over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses contained in three pits discovered. There were other figures such as officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians found in other pits at the site.
Yangtze River is culturally, historically, and economically important to the country of China. It is the major water system in China with many branches such as the Min River, Han River, Jialing River, Gan River and Huangpu River. It is also the third largest water system in the world after the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. The Yangtze River crosses eleven provinces and cities from west to east until it empties into the East China Sea at Shanghai.
Commonly people consider the river a separating line between North and South China. Regions to the north and south of the river have variations in climate, scenery, economics, culture and traditional customs. The Three Gorges Dam on the waterway is the biggest dam development and hydro-electric power station in the world.