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'The Piano Guys' scales the Great Wall for video shoot

Internet sensation, the Piano Guys are in China. The Utah-based group took some precious time off their Asian tour in Singapore and Malaysia to fulfil their China dream - shooting a music video on the Great Wall of China...

September 16, 2013
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Great Wall Forest Festival kicks off

The 2013 Yanqing Great Wall Forest Festival, the fourth edition of its kind, was held from August 24 to August 25 in the Tanglewood Music Valley at the foot of the Great Wall Badaling Section in Beijing's Yanqing County...

August 29, 2013
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Jet Team above the Great Wall

Aircraft of Breitling Jet Team, a famous European aerobatic team, perform above the Great Wall of the Jiayuguan Pass in northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 13, 2013...

August 16, 2013
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Unique section of the Great Wall draws in visitors

As people all know what the Great Wall looks like but did you know that some of it is built over water? The Jiumenkou section of the wall in Liaoning Province in North East China is famous for just that...

  August 09, 2013
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Beijing opens more Great Wall sections

 

Beijing authorities said Saturday that the city will open more sections of the Great Wall to accommodate the mounting number of tourists.

The city will open the sections of Huanghuacheng and Hefangkou and further extend the lengths of Mutianyu and Badaling sections open to tourists, said Kong Fanzhi, chief of the city's cultural relics bureau.

Kong said the move was aimed at reducing the load on Great Wall sections that are currently open to tourists in Beijing, such as Badaling, Mutianyu, Simatai and Juyongguan.

"These Great Wall sections are overloaded on weekends and holidays," said Kong, adding that some people have climbed the closed sections of the Great Wall, which has also damaged the national cultural heritage.

The 21,196 kilometers of Great Wall in China were built over many dynasties starting 2,200 years ago, according to the latest survey results released by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.

Among all the sections, a 600-km section lies in Beijing, most of which has been preserved in good condition, said Wang Yuwei, an official on cultural relics protection with the bureau.

Wang said new sections were also found covered in bush or blocked behind higher walls during the survey.

The city is building a Great Wall database, which will be open to the public, according to Wang.

Saturday is China's National Cultural Heritage Day, which was initiated in 2006 to call for public protection over the country's cultural heritage.

(China.org.cn, June 10, 2012)

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