Chinas sports have undergone several thousand years of development. But they were not regarded as an undertaking of the country until 1949, when the People’s Republic of China was founded.
The Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of sports. Now, a nationwide network for physical culture and sports has been set up and expenditure in this field has been included in the state budget.
The purpose of developing physical culture and sports in China is to popularize sports among the people and enhance their physique so as to prevent the infection of various diseases such as SARS.
Besides, it is to improve the sporting skills of the country as a whole and create new records, thus helping to promote the country’s economic as well as ethical and cultural development.
The Great Wall claims to be the only man-made structure on the earth which is visible from the moon. The winding Great Wall can be viewed from the Badaling district, about 75 kilometers to the northwest of Beijing.
It was built during the Warring States period to prevent invasions of nomadic people from the north. The first Qin emperor, who unified China into one country, mobilized hundreds of thousands of builders to complete what is known today as the Great Wall of China.
The world-famous Great Wall is 6,700 kilometers long from Shanhaiguan, which overlooks the Gulf of Bo Hai, to Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu province. The wall underwent repeated reconstruction during its 2000-year history, witnessing the historical changes of the Chinese nation.
The Great Wall is magnificent. It is really great that the ancient Chinese constructed such a gigantic structure without any machinery available.