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China to repair Great Wall

China has started a project worth USD 6.5 million to renovate a section of the Great Wall in northern Huairou District.



Beijing: China has started a project worth
USD 6.5 million to renovate a section of the Great Wall in
northern Huairou District, state media said on Thursday.

The renovation work will stretch along 3,553 meters and
encompass 25 watchtowers of the Great Wall in Hefangkou
Village.

Great Wall, which is recognised as UNESCO heritage site,
attracts lakhs tourists every year.

The project aims to prevent collapse around some loose
parts of the Great Wall, as well as to remove potentially
dangerous problems with and strengthen the main body of the
structure, according to the municipal cultural relics bureau.

The renovation project is expected to be completed by
2012. It has been listed in Beijing`s mid and long-term plan
for cultural relics renovation in 2011.

Historical records indicate that the Hefangkou section of
the Great Wall was a place of great military importance since
it was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The section has been damaged due to a lack of maintenance
over the years, state news agency Xinhua reported.

PTI

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