GreatWall restora­tion to be mon­i­tored

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - ByWANG KAIHAO in Chengde, He­bei wangkai­hao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s cul­tural relic watch­dog will ac­cel­er­ate draft­ing of a plan to pro­tect the Great Wall, and im­ple­ment­more­rigid su­per­vi­sion of the UNESCO WorldHer­itage site.

“A na­tion-level su­per­vi­sion plat­form to over­see and man­age pro­tec­tion of the Great Wall is be­ing con­structed,” Liu Yuzhu, direc­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cul­tural Her­itage, said onWed­nes­day.

“A de­tailed plan to co­or­di­nate ef­forts in dif­fer­ent prov­inces na­tion­wide will be re­leased by the end of next year,” Liu said, adding that drones will be used to en­hance daily su­per­vi­sion of the GreatWall.

Liu made the re­marks dur­ing an event at the Jin­shan­ling sec­tion of the Great Wall in Chengde, He­bei province, to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of a na­tional rule to pro­tect the GreatWall.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion also re­leased the coun­try’s first white pa­per on pro­tec­tion of the GreatWall onWed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the pa­per, there are 21,196 kilo­me­ters of the GreatWall re­main­ing in 15 pro­vin­cial-level ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions across North China, among which 8,851 km were built dur­ing the Ming Dy­nasty (1368-1644), while 2,211 mil­i­tary passes, gates and cas­tles re­main in­tact.

By Novem­ber, about 87 per­cent of GreatWall sec­tions had been listed as pro­tected na­tional or pro­vin­cial key cul­tural relics.

The pa­per also states that “many sites have col­lapsed over time, and their vis­i­ble parts above the ground have dis­ap­peared”.

“There are two ba­sic prin­ci­ples for restora­tion of the GreatWall,” he said. “One is to not change the orig­i­nal de­sign of the site, and the other is to min­i­mize the im­pact on cul­tural relics,” Liu said.

In Septem­ber, ne­ti­zens crit­i­cized restora­tion of a sec­tion of the Great Wall in Liaon­ing province after pic­tures were posted on­line show­ing his­tor­i­cal relics had been ce­mented over.

“The case showed there is in­ad­e­quate man­age­ment of restora­tion projects on the GreatWall, and a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween pro­fes­sion­als and the pub­lic,” Liu said.

“So­cial net­works will be used more to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion on the pro­tec­tion of the Great Wall and make rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion avail­able to the pub­lic,” he added.

The na­tion’s data­base, in­clud­ing pho­tos, video­tapes and mea­sure­ment record­ings, has been built through largescale field re­search on the sites. A web­site on the data­base was launched on Wed­nes­day to make the in­for­ma­tion avail­able to the pub­lic.

Length of the Great Wall in 15 pro­vin­cial-level ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions in North China

GUO QIAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

The Jiankou sec­tion of the Great Wall is un­der ren­o­va­tion in Bei­jing in late Oc­to­ber. The sec­tion, which is lo­cated in the city’s Huairou dis­trict, was built dur­ing the Tang (618-907) and Ming (1368-1644) dy­nas­ties.

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