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Wanli Changcheng

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.


Puzzle ID:#32932
Fun:*** (3)
Difficulty:** (1.54)
Submitted By:jazzmusician46Aau*****
Corrected By:boodler




I am like a gigantic dragon winding through deserts, grasslands and plateaus,
and am well over 2,500 years old.
I am high, strong and massive and have a greyish-blue colour,
but parts of my body are now in ruins and have disappeared,
although sections of me that still remain have great historical significance.
I began as a baby dragon some 700 years before the Christ appeared on this earth,
and as the years endured I grew to be an adult,
all the while continuing to strengthen my keepers.
Whilst I am considered to be the longest graveyard in the world,
no one is ever buried within me anymore.

What am I?


The Great Wall of China.

With a history of more than 2,500 years, some of the sections of the Great Wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical stature.

The construction of the Great Wall began between the 7th and 8th centuries B.C. when the warring states built defensive walls to ward off enemies from the north. It was only a regional project then, until the Qin Dynasty, when the separate walls were joined together and consequently it stretched from east to west for about 5000 kilometres and served to keep nomadic tribes out. The Wall was further extended and strengthened in the succeeding dynasties, especially during the Ming dynasty, when the northern nomadic ethnic groups became very powerful. The Ming rulers had the Wall renovated 18 times. As a result, not the remains from the Qin dynasty were restored, but some 1000 kilometers were constructed to a full length of 6,700 kilometers.

It is said during the construction of the wall, one worker is buried every metre within the rocks of the wall.

The Mandarin word for 'The Great Wall of China' is Wanli Changcheng.


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Sep 10, 2006

Don't know what "wanli changcheng" means, but knew it from the first two lines. You've been traveling! Good job, clever!
Sep 10, 2006

Gee these riddles of yours are very good Jazz. Thanks.
Sep 10, 2006

Nice job, not too hard but not too easy.
Sep 10, 2006

At first I thought you were referring to the sphynix but after rereading I did firgure it out. Nice job and your additional informatiion was great. Thanks. More please.
Sep 10, 2006

Thank you all
Sep 12, 2006

I was actually able to get this one! Yay! Great riddle!
Sep 13, 2006

Easy but still so interesting because of the details you included with the answer. I learned something new today! Thanks for a great teaser!
Sep 15, 2006

I can't say that it was hard, but very well-written! Good job jazzmusician46!
Sep 15, 2006

Thanks for that, much appreciated. I try and vary the difficulty of riddles so the younger Braingle members can have a fair go too.
Apr 20, 2007

Yay, a riddle I got before I was done! Now I feel smart. Lol. But this a great teaser!
Aug 10, 2007

Since I know Chinese, I got the answer as soon as I read the title, but I still enjoyed reading the riddle and explanation. Good teaser!
Aug 14, 2007

Thanks for that
Sep 25, 2007

Good one, I got it from about the first sentence, but I enjoyed it all the same. I especially liked all the information you gave about the Wall. Great teaser!!!
Dec 10, 2007

Nice teaser! I first thought of Hadrian's Wall, but realized it had to be older than that!
Dec 10, 2007

thanks Mosca
Jan 03, 2008

Only about a fifth of it still remains, ad continues to suffer from erosion.
Mar 24, 2008

Yup, I knew it from first line, even tho wasnt qute sure why lol
Very nice
Mar 24, 2008

Great job. Not too easy or too hard
Mar 24, 2008

Didn't give myself enough ttime to even think about it. Once again Jazz, very good, informative teaser. You're the best. Thanks for posting.
Mar 24, 2008

Well written, fun, easy. Getting buried in the wall doesn't sound like a very good job description.
Mar 24, 2008

very easy and an impressive sight if you ever get to go.
Mar 24, 2008

Great teaser! I didn't know that workers were buried there; I was thinking it might be a glacier. So, I thought it was hard; but, like many others, I learned something today. Thanks!
Mar 24, 2008

I had no idea, but the title sounded Chinese or something.
Mar 24, 2008

Nicely written, and a good explanation following. Good work!
Mar 24, 2008

Great, I learned some things... Thx.
Mar 24, 2008

I got it on the first line, but learned a lot from your history lesson ... thank you for that.

PS: We will soon have a Great Wall of the Rio Grande ... I hope not, though. What a waste!
Mar 24, 2008

Did not get it--Good one thouggh---
Mar 24, 2008

This was very easy but also very clever and well written.
Mar 24, 2008

Too easy, got it on the first two lines.
Mar 24, 2008

Very good Teaser & Informative.
I am no good at history, so of
course I couldn't solve it. But
enjoyed trying and reading the

Thanks Jazz
Mar 24, 2008

Jazz, very good teaser. I got it about half way through, but still enjoyed reading the whole thing. Send us some more.
Mar 24, 2008

I knew it instantly because I speak chinese and recognized it from the title. Nice teaser!
Mar 24, 2008

this was a very clever teaser and I really enjoyed it.THANKS!
Mar 24, 2008

Great history on the Great Wall.
What's amazing is that over and
during the last 2000+ years, the
Chinese could build a great wall
using ancient methods to keep
their enemies out.
Today the the United States using
much more advanced building and
construction technology, can't even
build a Descent FENCE to keep
illegal aliens out!?! Go figure!
Mar 24, 2008

Thanks all of you for the fantastic positive comments! I really enjoyed writing it for Braingle. It is certainly an amazing sight to behold!
Mar 25, 2008

Great job! I learned something
Mar 25, 2008

I remember this teaser from a while ago...congrats on teaser of the day. I love this riddle!!!
Mar 28, 2008

Thank you
Apr 06, 2008

I got it quickly but still enjoyed it as it was so interesting! Well done & thanks
Jun 01, 2009

Jazz, you haven't submitted a teaser in AGES!
when are you gonna do another?
this one is awesome, as per usual :-)
Mar 24, 2011

I guess it doesn't help if I know Mandarin...
Mar 24, 2011

Arg, the title kinda spoiled the teaser for me. I knew what it was pinyin for. ><
Mar 24, 2011

Lol I'm Chinese(not really mainland though)bit this is a really cool teaser!It's kind of disturbing though,the fact that within every one metre of the great wall is a worker,I WALKED THAT THING!!!:O
Mar 24, 2011

Mar 24, 2014

Everything that needed to be said has already been written so I will just leasve this
Mar 24, 2014

Read the hint- got it
Mar 24, 2014

Easy, but well written.
Mar 24, 2014

Easy once I read the hint.
Mar 27, 2017

I legit thought it was a volcano of some sort.

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