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Travelogue: By Country | By Date China | July 2001  


This is a Ming-renovated tower. The wall was repaired and extended until about the time the Mongols took over in about 1200 AD. The Mongols used some of the forts to control the Chinese. In its 276 years of sovereignty the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) ceaselessly maintained and strengthened the Great Wall to prevent another Mongolian invasion. The majority of the work took place along the old walls built by the Northern Ch'i and Northern Wei. Most of the Great Wall that stands today is the result of work done between 1487-1505.

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