Great Wall section is damaged in repair effort
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.