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Travel Icon: the Great Wall of China

COMPILED BY OLIVER SMITH. PHOTOGRAPHS: ISTOCK, KEREN SU/CHINA SPAN

The Great Wall of China

SPACE ODDITY

Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not even slightly visible to the naked eye from the Moon – a fiction first promulgated by English archaeologist William Stukeley in the 18th century (how would he know?). The equivalent would be seeing a single human hair two miles away.

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