2. A Collection of Walls

Despite popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not a singular, snaking wall. It is, in fact, a massive network of walls that also includes many defensive structures, such as watchtowers, barracks, beacon towers, tunnels, and fortresses. If you look closely on certain sections of the Wall, you'll be able to see holes that ancient soldiers used to shoot arrows or stone missiles from the safety of cover. There are also water spouts, drainage ditches, sections for horses, and combat trenches.

Section of Great Wall near Beijing - China Hung_Chung_Chih / Getty Images

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