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When and Why the Construction of Great Wall Ceased

Theoretically speaking, the construction of the Great Wall ceased right after the Qing Dynasty consolidated its rule across China, though there were some small sections built to stop the famished farmers going across the borders as well as the small-scale restorations of the Great Wall.

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The first reason why Qing Dynasty stopped to build the Great Wall is because it concerns the jurisdiction. The rulers of the Qing Dynasty were Manchu people outside the Great Wall and they even established their own country there. Long before the Qing Dynasty secured its rule all over China, the Manchu people had conquered all of the minority groups living on the northern grassland of the Great Wall. As the first and foremost purpose for constructing the Great Wall was eliminated, the construction of the Great Wall was no longer in need.

The second reason is related to the relationships between different nationalities. Right before the Qing Dynasty consolidated its rule across China, the Mongolian had been allies with the Manchu People. The first ruler of Qing Dynasty promoted the pacific policy toward the Mongolian people, so throughout the rule of Qing Dynasty, lots of Mongolian daughters were married to the Qing Emperors. By and by, the cross-marriage harmonized the relationships between the Manchu and Mongolian people. Moreover, the Qing Dynasty rulers granted plenty of royal titles to the Mongolian people, which facilitated their relationship more. The Mongolian people have ever since been the loyal servants of Qing rulers.

The last but not the least reason why the construction of the Great Wall was dropped has something to do with the awareness of the Qing Dynasty rulers. The most reliable evidence lies in the words left by one of the most famous Qing Dynasty Kangxi Emperor, who once wrote a poem to insinuate that the Great Wall was expended to the seaside, with millions of workmen involved in this massive project, but it did not stop the Manchu people conquering and ruling the whole China. Therefore we can draw a conclusion through the awareness of Qing Dynasty rulers that the continual construction of the Great Wall is to no avail as the rule of China does not depend on it.

To sum it up, the construction of the Great Wall ceased not without some certain historical reasons.