Erosion and vandalism cause 10% of the Great Wall of China to disappear

Erosion and vandalism cause 10% of the Great Wall of China to disappear


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Local Chinese media report the disappearance of 10% of a section of the Great Wall which is not traveled by tourists in Hebei province. The causes of this serious deterioration are erosion, vandalism and lack of maintenance.

The Great Wall of China is 21,000 kilometers long, of which 2,000 have disappeared, reported the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China. Only 8.2% of a section of the wall, built during the Ming Empire (1368-1644), remains in good condition. This information has been produced by an organization dedicated to conservation and protection, China Great Wall Society.

Torrential rains have greatly affected the walls of the wall due to erosion. In 2012 the rains already caused the fall of 30 meters from the wall. Trees also represent a danger since their roots extend through the walls and weaken the bricks, already badly damaged by exposure to bad weather conditions.

And if that was not enough, some chinese citizens who live near the ‘wild’ parts of the wall, those where tourists do not pass, steal the bricks, especially those with characters engraved on them because on the black market they can place them for between $ 6.5 and $ 8 each.

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In 2006, the Great Wall Protection Act was launched to ensure the preservation of the fortification, but the lack of specificity of the regulations and administrative staff have prevented the law from being effective.

The authorities announced last week a project that aims to the restoration of the oldest part of the Great Wall, which was made between the 8th and 5th centuries BC. and it is located in the eastern province of Shandong.

The Great Wall is one of China's biggest tourist attractions and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.


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