5 Man-Made Structures You Must See in China
China is a majestic country with hundreds of incredible natural sights. It is a place so beautiful that it is almost spiritual, but much of that beauty comes not just from nature, but from the people who designed the incredible buildings, palaces, and walls that have remained standing for centuries. Here is a look at five man-made structures that you can't miss on your first (or next) trip to China.
5. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a feat of construction unmatched by anything else in the world. It was built over a period of more than 2,300 years as a method of defense from foreign invaders, but it has remained standing as a symbol of China's power and strength. Made from stone, sand, soil, and brick, the wall was built by peasants and soldiers, many of whom died and were buried within the Wall itself. It is now both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, so if you don't see anything else in China, see this!
4. The Forbidden City
Almost as iconic as the Great Wall of China is Beijing's Forbidden City. While it isn't really a "city" as we know it, this structure is the largest imperial palace on the planet, and took more than 14 years to build. For 492 years it was the imperial palace of China, and was home to 24 different emperors. Spread out into 980 buildings, this enormous compound is surrounded by a high wall and a moat, both of which once kept out the citizens of the city who were not of royal blood. Today anyone can come and take a look inside its walls and get to know at least a couple of the secrets of the Forbidden City.