Great Wall sec­tion is dam­aged in re­pair ef­fort

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Re­pair work has se­verely dam­aged part of the Great Wall in Suizhong county, Liaon­ing province.

“The restora­tion did fol­low the plan that we ap­proved, and it also achieved its ini­tial pur­pose to strengthen the wall. How­ever, we can’t avoid the se­vere prob­lem it has brought to the im­age of the his­toric struc­ture,” Song Xin­chao, deputy direc­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cul­tural Her­itage, said.

Ear­lier this month, peo­ple posted pic­tures on so­cial me­dia and said the top of what they de­scribed as the “most beau­ti­ful” sec­tion of the Great Wall had been flat­tened so that it now looks like pave­ment and has lost its orig­i­nal char­ac­ter.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that said 780 me­ters of the Great Wall had been flat­tened with a mix­ture of lime, clay and fine sand. On the sur­face of some steep parts, a small quan­tity of con­crete was added to the tra­di­tional ma­te­rial, which was not clar­i­fied in the project plan, an off­fi­cial said.

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