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3. The Great Wall
Jiayuguan Pass, Gansu Province (West) to Shanhaiguan Pass, Hebei Province (East)


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Perhaps China's most iconic man-made structure is its massive Great Wall. Stretching over 4,000 miles from Jiayuguan Pass in the West to Shanhaiguan Pass in the East, the Great Wall easily lives up to its name. Construction of the Great Wall began under Emperor Qin in 221 B.C. and continued up until the Qing Dynasty. The purpose of the wall was to protect the Chinese empire from any attacking armies. The Great Wall's structure changed over its 2,000 years to include higher walls, passes, signal towers and watchtowers. Today, the Great Wall is one of China's most popular tourist attractions.

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4. Leshan Buddha
Leshan City, Sichuan Province


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The Leshan Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world. Over 1,000 years ago, the Leshan Buddha was carved out of a cliff by devoted Buddhist monks; it took over 90 years to build. Just how big is the biggest Buddha in the world? The statue stands over 233 feet high and over 90 feet wide. According to local legend, the river waters located nearby used to be treacherous and took many lives over the years. After the Leshan Buddha was created, the turbulent waters calmed and life in Leshan City thrived. Today the Leshan Buddha is a popular attraction, but locals are now fighting to protect the ancient structure. Due to acid rain from nearby factory pollution, the Leshan Buddha's features may eventually fall off. Luckily, a team of devoted people are determined to protect the colossal structure from any further damage.

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