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2012-08-08 06:55:52 PM
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2012-08-08 07:10:03 PM
The original Great Wall dates back to seventh century China, but the section in Zhangjiakou was rebuilt more than 500 years ago in 1484 during the Ming Dynasty.

The original Great Wall started construction in 220 BC, not 7th Century China.

Still one of the only man made objects visible from space, the wall is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials.

No, it isn't.
 
2012-08-08 07:15:21 PM
Wow. You'd think they'd take better care of that.
 
2012-08-08 08:15:44 PM

RexTalionis: The original Great Wall dates back to seventh century China, but the section in Zhangjiakou was rebuilt more than 500 years ago in 1484 during the Ming Dynasty.

The original Great Wall started construction in 220 BC, not 7th Century China.

Still one of the only man made objects visible from space, the wall is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials.

No, it isn't.


Well just cause YOU can't see it from space...
or
"one of the" as in 'not the only', but it's still a shortish list in daylight.
or
is it the materials list you have issue with?
 
2012-08-08 08:26:08 PM
It's times like these that the Krazy Glue helmet guy needs to come out of retirement.
 
2012-08-08 08:26:14 PM

sno man: Well just cause YOU can't see it from space...
or
"one of the" as in 'not the only', but it's still a shortish list in daylight.
or
is it the materials list you have issue with?


The cliche is that the Great Wal is the only thing visible from space, however, that's not true in two ways:

1) With the naked eye, you can't see the Great Wall. The great wall is really really thin. I've been on it. It's like 15 feet wide at the most. No way a naked human eye can pick up something 10 feet wide from space.

2) If we're talking about aided vision (i.e. telescopes, imaging devices), then almost anything can be seen from space - for example, witness Google Earth.
 
2012-08-08 08:27:41 PM
i1212.photobucket.com

Incidentally, here's a shot I took of the Great Wall at Badaling.
 
2012-08-08 08:30:02 PM

sno man: RexTalionis: The original Great Wall dates back to seventh century China, but the section in Zhangjiakou was rebuilt more than 500 years ago in 1484 during the Ming Dynasty.

The original Great Wall started construction in 220 BC, not 7th Century China.

Still one of the only man made objects visible from space, the wall is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials.

No, it isn't.

Well just cause YOU can't see it from space...
or
"one of the" as in 'not the only', but it's still a shortish list in daylight.
or
is it the materials list you have issue with?


According to Google Earth, you can see my car from space. Or from a really nosy plane. I'm not sure.
 
2012-08-08 08:37:32 PM

RexTalionis: The original Great Wall dates back to seventh century China, but the section in Zhangjiakou was rebuilt more than 500 years ago in 1484 during the Ming Dynasty.

The original Great Wall started construction in 220 BC, not 7th Century China.

Still one of the only man made objects visible from space, the wall is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials.

No, it isn't.


That's what happens when people get their news from The Daily Mail. Crap all around.
 
2012-08-08 08:38:50 PM

RexTalionis: [i1212.photobucket.com image 850x477]

Incidentally, here's a shot I took of the Great Wall at Badaling.


Beautiful.
It's on my list, a few from the top but on non the less.

and yea narrow, but long, I'm sure I've seen a non magnified pic from, dunno, maybe one of the shuttle missions...
off to the googles....
 
2012-08-08 08:44:28 PM
When 2000 years old you reach, look as good, you will not
 
2012-08-08 08:56:49 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk

The iconic square-shaped lookout towers that form the most famous images of the wall have disappeared completely.

I dunno. There seems to be one right there, up and to the right, up and to the right . . .
 
2012-08-08 08:59:50 PM
Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

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2012-08-08 09:05:07 PM

rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.


I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.
 
2012-08-08 09:12:43 PM
 
2012-08-08 09:13:25 PM

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.


It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.
 
2012-08-08 09:15:21 PM

rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.

It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.


I don't mind the cold - I spent that winter wearing nothing but jeans, a sweater and my black trenchcoat.
 
2012-08-08 09:20:01 PM

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.

It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.

I don't mind the cold - I spent that winter wearing nothing but jeans, a sweater and my black trenchcoat.


I think I would have preferred the cold, though my Great Wall experience is colored by the fact that I came down with a cold promptly upon arriving in China so my asthma was going crazy trying to climb the thing.
 
2012-08-08 09:29:05 PM

sno man: And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."


And I bet he was really squinting, too.
 
2012-08-08 09:29:13 PM

rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.

It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.

I don't mind the cold - I spent that winter wearing nothing but jeans, a sweater and my black trenchcoat.

I think I would have preferred the cold, though my Great Wall experience is colored by the fact that I came down with a cold promptly upon arriving in China so my asthma was going crazy trying to climb the thing.


Oh, yeah, that's no good. The climb is like a cardiovascular nightmare.
 
2012-08-08 09:32:20 PM

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.

It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.

I don't mind the cold - I spent that winter wearing nothing but jeans, a sweater and my black trenchcoat.

I think I would have preferred the cold, though my Great Wall experience is colored by the fact that I came down with a cold promptly upon arriving in China so my asthma was going crazy trying to climb the thing.

Oh, yeah, that's no good. The climb is like a cardiovascular nightmare.


If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos
 
2012-08-08 09:39:44 PM

rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos


If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.
 
2012-08-08 09:46:20 PM

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos

If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.


Hmm, that might be nice, that and helicopter are about the only methods of transport that I've never done.
 
2012-08-08 09:48:50 PM

rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos

If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.

Hmm, that might be nice, that and helicopter are about the only methods of transport that I've never done.


Camelback? Dog sled? Hydrofoil? Cross-country snowshoeing? HALO jumps? Hypersonic jet?
 
2012-08-08 09:52:33 PM

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos

If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.

Hmm, that might be nice, that and helicopter are about the only methods of transport that I've never done.

Camelback? Dog sled? Hydrofoil? Cross-country snowshoeing? HALO jumps? Hypersonic jet?


Ok, maybe I've left a few out. I have traveled by hydrofoil though.
 
2012-08-08 09:53:26 PM

rynthetyn: Ok, maybe I've left a few out. I have traveled by hydrofoil though.


Neat.
 
2012-08-08 09:59:11 PM

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Ok, maybe I've left a few out. I have traveled by hydrofoil though.

Neat.


The high speed ferries in Greece are hydrofoils, they're not terribly scenic though.
 
2012-08-08 11:12:41 PM

umadbro: [images.wikia.com image 700x450]


That's all I came here for.
 
2012-08-08 11:35:58 PM
"Sappy" tag out visiting the damage?


/obscure?
 
2012-08-08 11:42:39 PM
Just get Superman to to rebuild it with his rebuild a wall vision
 
2012-08-08 11:45:45 PM
Noone REALLY believed that wall would stay up til the end of time without maintenance, did they?
 
2012-08-08 11:46:21 PM

sno man: not the pic I was looking for but the description covers my point...

"The Great Wall of China, as seen from the space shuttle. Contrary to popular belief, an unaided viewer cannot see it from the moon. One shuttle astronaut said, "We can see things as small as airport runways, [but] the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180*miles up." An Apollo astronaut said no human structures were visible at a distance of a few thousand miles. And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."


* the ballbark of the height of a typical shuttle flight.


maybe he wasn't squinting hard enough to see it
 
2012-08-08 11:47:21 PM

RexTalionis: If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.


This is actually how the Mongol hordes got past it. They just paid the guards a fee.
Corrupt China hasn't changed that much.
 
2012-08-08 11:47:57 PM
FARK YOU MONGORIAN!!
 
2012-08-08 11:48:30 PM
In fairness, building codes were crap when that went up.
 
2012-08-08 11:48:36 PM
This is what happens when Chinese Olympic hurdlers try to hurdle the wall.
 
2012-08-08 11:48:38 PM
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,



Blatant stupidity becomes truth if repeated enough, right?
 
2012-08-08 11:49:26 PM
Cheaply made Chinese crap, as usual.

USA! USA!
 
2012-08-08 11:50:40 PM
This sounds like one of those Southwest commercials, "Wanna get away?"
 
2012-08-08 11:56:35 PM
I thought Reagan tore down that wall. That's what my Kansas high school science book "Jesus and Reagan; How the Gods made the universe by inventing America" said.
 
2012-08-08 11:58:10 PM
Looks like its not such the Great Wall Of China afterall. More like the Alright Wall of China seeing as how its falling down and all
 
2012-08-08 11:58:31 PM

FriarReb98: sno man: And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."

And I bet he was really squinting, too.


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2012-08-08 11:58:41 PM

sno man: not the pic I was looking for but the description covers my point...

"The Great Wall of China, as seen from the space shuttle. Contrary to popular belief, an unaided viewer cannot see it from the moon. One shuttle astronaut said, "We can see things as small as airport runways, [but] the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180*miles up." An Apollo astronaut said no human structures were visible at a distance of a few thousand miles. And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."


* the ballbark of the height of a typical shuttle flight.


Ballpark? Heresy. Here in 'Merica we measure things in football fields and Rhode Islands
 
2012-08-08 11:59:20 PM
Too soon?

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2012-08-09 12:00:39 AM
It needs a Wal-Mart
 
2012-08-09 12:01:35 AM

rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.


Visited the Great Wall as a side excursion on a school sports trip. Our teacher/chaperon decided Badaling was too touristy and we should go see something a bit more 'pristine.'

The Good: Very few tourists, virtually no people at all. Nobody trying to sell you crap. Beautiful, steep section of the wall.
The Bad: Two of the few people there were there came up to us -- a dozen high school kids, half of whom were Caucasian-as-all-hell, and a couple adults -- and tried to shake us down for money. There were threats implied and nobody in the area to witness a roughing-up, so we made a pretty terrifying retreat.
 
2012-08-09 12:03:26 AM
i164.photobucket.com

"Country clubs and cemeteries are the biggest wasters of prime real estate! Dead people? They dont need buried nowadays. Ecology, right? Ask Wang. Hell tell you. We just bought property behind the Great Wall. On the good side!"
 
2012-08-09 12:04:39 AM
That's quite the gaping hole!!


heh heh, gaping hole
 
2012-08-09 12:06:32 AM

Smeggy Smurf: sno man: not the pic I was looking for but the description covers my point...

"The Great Wall of China, as seen from the space shuttle. Contrary to popular belief, an unaided viewer cannot see it from the moon. One shuttle astronaut said, "We can see things as small as airport runways, [but] the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180*miles up." An Apollo astronaut said no human structures were visible at a distance of a few thousand miles. And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."


* the ballbark of the height of a typical shuttle flight.

Ballpark? Heresy. Here in 'Merica we measure things in football fields and Rhode Islands


lol, fine... less than a half a Rhode Island...
 
2012-08-09 12:08:47 AM
Looks like the ChiComs have shovel ready stimulous plans like the USA's.
 
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