The Great Wall is one of the greatest structures in China, built with the purpose of protecting China from threats from the Xiongnu, Mongols, and other northern nomadic tribes.
This wonder has a length of more than 8,000 km including man-made walls and natural moats/barricades. More than 2,000 years later, the Great Wall of China is still there, majestic and imposing like a loyal bodyguard, watching China’s history turn around.
Today, this work has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. Because of a long history spanning more than 2 millennia, this place also contains many mysteries that posterity always wants to discover. Of the many legendary stories surrounding the Great Wall, the story of 99,999 bricks at Jiayuguan is the most mysterious and attractive, making this place a destination that attracts many tourists every time they come here. calendar.
Gia Duc Quan gate. Photo: Internet
Gia Duc Quan was originally a gate located at the westernmost end of the Great Wall of China, in Gansu province, China. This place was built in 1372 under the Ming Dynasty and was dubbed “the first majestic landscape in the world”.
First built, Gia Yuguan is only 6 meters high and covers an area of 2,500 square meters. Currently, this gate has a total area of more than 33,500 square meters, many times larger than the original. Along with Cu Dung Quan and Son Hai Quan, Gia Duc Quan is one of the main gates and is also the most intact ancient military work of the Great Wall.
Legend has it that since construction began, the curator asked the designer to estimate the number of bricks needed. The person in charge of this job is Dich Khai Chiem. As a prominent mathematician of the Ming Dynasty, he meticulously planned and estimated that it would take 99,999 bricks to complete the work. However, the officer in charge did not believe it and said that if he miscalculated one member, the soldiers would have to do hard labor for 3 years, and Dich Khai Chiem would be beheaded.
When the fortress was completed, there was indeed a brick left over. The official in charge was pleased and ordered to punish Dich Khai Chiem as well as the number of soldiers who built the citadel. However, Dich Khai Chiem said that the extra brick was Thanh Chuyen brick, which was placed there by the gods, if moved, it would cause the whole wall to collapse.
The official didn’t believe it and let the brick go. Unexpectedly, when the brick was moved, the wall immediately collapsed and had to be rebuilt a second time. After rebuilding, that brick is still solemnly placed on the Gia Duc Quan gate, existing as a vivid and practical “historical evidence” over the years.
After nearly 700 years have passed, this story still makes many people admire and admire a talented Dich Khai Chiem who is a master in construction.