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Labor Force of Great Wall

As the world wonder, Great Wall always bring much surprise for the long-distance buildings, large scale and wild locations as well as the heavy materials - Bricks and the Stones. Every time climbed the Great Wall in China, you may ask the same question: how they were built such magnificent project. How many labors contributed on this project? How many materials were used in the Great Wall? Today, I will lead you to know the labor force.

Labor Force of Great Wall

Magnificent Project for Ancient People
As we all know, Great Wall experienced profound history, deep culture and was regarded as the world wonder. Another point is that Great Wall is a wonder that the ancient Chinese laboring people created under the poor-economy condition. All the laboring woks and buildings just depend on the manpower. It is said that the man is the machine during the ancient China. Among the magnificent Great Wall construction, there were millions of people contributed on the deep mountains and steep valleys. What the most important is that there are many and many workers lost their lives facing the dangerous works.

Three Groups Labor Force during Great Wall Construction
It is said that during the Great Wall building construction, the labor force was divided into three main groups including the soldiers, common people and criminals. According to the historical data, the criminals were rented as the slaves to do the serious work. Since the Qin Dynasty, the Great Wall construction has become a very large scale project. The emperor - Qinshihuang ordered millions of soldiers to finish this project. It is of course that the soldiers made up of the main construction. During the Qin Dynasty, over 300,000 soldiers made contribution to the construction. It took about nine years to finish the heavy work. For the millions of common people, they were ordered to build the wall. Just the Northern Qi's wall required over 500,000 common people to contribute. However, the criminals are regarded as the slaves receiving punishment during the construction. They were ordered to take turns patrolling the wall, while at night, building and extending the wall. According to the ancient laws, these criminals were forced to do the work for4 years.

Dangerous Condition
With the Great Wall construction becoming more and more serious, more and more common people were contributed in. Most of these people are man or boys. Even some children were ordered to do this work. Especially during the Wei-jin and Southern and Northern dynasties, there was almost no man engaged in the farming. The women were frightened to have a boy. The widows dared not to marry a woman. Also, the Great Wall led to large number of death and injuries. It is the common phenomenon that the women lost their sons, husbands.

We just appreciate the modern magnificent project and the background should lead our attention. We should protect the treasure housing blood and sweat as well as lives!