Repair begins on damaged section of Great Wall

A section of Great Wall of China was damaged by a gold mining company.

Beijing: A section of the imposing Great Wall of China, that was built during the Qin Dynasty and was damaged "intentionally" by a gold mining company in 2009, is being repaired, Chinese conservation officials said.

The damaged stretch of the Wall falls in north China`s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and was erected during the
Qin Dynasty`s rule (221-207 BC) in northern Hohhot, capital of
Inner Mongolia.

Chinese officials have commenced repair work on the section that was damaged during a gold mining company`s gold prospecting measures.

Two men were sentenced recently to three years in prison with a four-year reprieve for drilling two holes and four trenches into the Great Wall of the Qin Dynasty and their company fined CNY 100,000 (USD 14,637).

It was badly damaged and repair work is badly needed, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted deputy chief of the cultural heritage bureau of Hohhot, Ling Ling, as saying.

A section of the wall in Qingshuihe County built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644 AD) was also included in the repair plan.

The oldest section of the Wall, one of the seven wonders of the world, was built between 770 BC to 476 BC in the ancient state of Qi, hence the section is often called the Great Wall of Qi.

A UNESCO-recognised heritage site is a fortification built to protect various dynasties from the invasions of the Mongol, Turkic and other nomadic tribes coming from the areas of modern day Mongolia and Manchuria.

It is believed to be the longest man-made structure in the world stretching across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, over an area approximately measuring 6,700 kilometres from east to west of China.

The wall stretches across the mountains of northern China, winding north and northwest of Beijing.


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