Did the Great Wall of China Actually Keep Invaders Out?

Did the Great Wall of China Actually Keep Invaders Out?
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Imagine that you're a member of the fearsome Mongol cavalry: Mounted on horseback, equipped with the era's ultimate weapons technology — a bow and arrows — and the skills to wield them with deadly effect. You're part of one of the most devastating military forces of its time, seizing and burning cities, toppling empires. Now you're galloping over the plains of northern China toward the wealthy cities of the Ming dynasty. 

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