Everyone has a preferred way of dying. Some like to die peacefully next to family while others may prefer to die in combat and be remembered as a hero.
Unfortunately for the construction workers, soldiers and criminals who lived in the early periods of Imperialist China, their final moments involved boulders falling on their weak bodies.
What were those boulders intended for?
None other than for building the Great Wall of China, known as:
万里长城 (Pronounced: Wàn lǐ cháng chéng)
It is impossible to imagine all the work and effort required to construct the wall that spans over 13,000 miles (21,000km) without using any sort of machinery.
If this was to happen today, such workers would be well remembered deeply and forever be in the hearts of society. However, not only were family members denied a final ‘goodbye’, the corpses were either buried in the soil under the wall to provide a solid base or were wedged between the boulders and stones, becoming one with the wall.
It is estimated that more than 1,000,000 workers have died throughout the construction of the Great Wall.
So for those planning on visiting the Great Wall, keep in mind that you will be 20 feet above potentially thousands of corpses!
But that’s not what makes it the most tragic construction project.
Although more than 4,000,000 people, over the course of 20 centuries, contributed to the completion of the wall, it did next to nothing in stopping Genghis Khan of the Mongol Empire from entering China and conquering most of the country’s northern provinces.
The main purpose of the wall was to prevent foreign attacks and protect the nation, yet it failed to do so. Twice.
What do you think? Is the Great Wall the most tragic construction project ever?
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