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Great Wall of China

STRETCHING NEARLY one tenth of the way around the planet, the Great Wall of China is the longest structure ever built. From end to end it measures 3,460km although when you include its branches this rises to 6,320km Famously, it is reputed to be the only man made object visible from space.

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