The Great Wall of China courts comparison to a dragon by virtue of the fact that it winds all over the Chinese region over mountains, valleys, grasslands and pastures like a huge dragon. Stretching from east to west in China, it covers a circumference of about 13,170 miles or 21,196 kilometers in length.
Despite time having done its best to reduce its grandeur and excellence, it stands out as one of the most appealing tourist attractions all over the world. Begining from Hushan, Liaoning, it terminattes at Jiayuguan Pass, Gansu. Its construction involved the combined efforts of thousands of laborers, many of whom lost their lives while the construction was underway. There were peasants who were forced to work on the wall, there were several prisoners of war, and there were convicts who contributed to the building of the wall. They are believed to have been buried in the wall itself.
The wall is believed to have been built as a military defence against foreign invasion. The overall length of the wall is said to be 13,170 miles, although official records hold its length to be 5500 miles. This is comparable to the circumference of the Earth, 24,901 miles.
But the forces of nature and ruthlessness of man have brought about the destruction of many parts of the Great Wall of China with the result that less than 30 per cent remain intact. Despite this, the Great Wall finds itself as an inherent part of the folklore and mythology prevalent in China. Some legends have even been incorporated in the opera and fictional literature.