November 20, 2013

Geo Week 2013: China


Maggie: Now, this week, in honor of National Geography Awareness Week, we have been testing your geo skills with quizzes that we have picked up just for you from all over the world. Today, Shelby Holliday is trekking along one pretty big wall.

Shelby: I am at the Great Wall of China, which stretches more than 4,000 miles long and dates all the way back to the 7th century B.C. But do you know what the Great Wall was built to protect? Well, that is today’s geo quiz!

Which border of China does the Great Wall protect? Is it:

A. Northern border

B. Eastern border

C. Southern border

D. Western border

You have got ten seconds.

Time is up! The answer is “A.” The Great Wall was built to protect China’s northern border and keep invaders out of the country.

China’s Great Wall, which took centuries to create, is the largest manmade structure ever built. Millions are believed to have died during construction on the Great Wall. But during the 1950′s, China’s leader, Mao Zedong, encouraged the Chinese people to take bricks from the wall and use them on their farms, which caused major destruction of many parts of the wall. After Mao’s death, China made efforts to protect the wall, and it now stands as one of the world’s greatest historical sites, attracting 10 million visitors every year.

According to the Great Wall Society of China, only 20% of the wall is in decent shape, 30% is in ruins, and the other half is already gone. But that doesn’t stop tourists from visiting every year.

Maggie: So, did you ace that one? Can you keep up your geo streak all Geo Week? Well, we will see tomorrow when we bring you one last one from the Caribbean!


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