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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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British man devoted to keeping Great Wall tidy

 

William Lindesay, a British man obsessed with the majesty of the Great Wall, has been committed to protecting the environment there for decades.

A 78-day trip along the Great Wall from Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu province to Hebei's Shanghai Pass in the 1980s fulfilled his childhood dream, leaving him impressed by the charm of the ancient structure.

The environment at the Great Wall and its surrounding areas has been deteriorating in the past 20 years, as the number of visitors has been on the increase, said 58-year-old Lindesay.

Trash can be found everywhere around the Wall, from the nearby highways and roads to the out-of-the-way mountain trails, he said.

Lindesay formerly worked at Xinhua News Agency and China Daily, but has devoted himself to protection and research work at the Great Wall since 2001, when he founded the organization "International Friends of the Great Wall."

He launched a campaign in 2002 to encourage people to collect their own garbage from the scenic spot.

He also motivated his family to join him in cleaning up trash at the scenic spot. His Chinese wife Wu Qi has become a die-hard partner in protecting the Great Wall environment, and with his two sons' participation, the team has continued to grow.

Lindesay has even come up with his own slogan: "He who does not love the Great Wall is not a man," a clever take on the Wall's famous slogan, which says, "He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a man."

He has also launched projects with the Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage to better preserve the structure.

(ECNS, May 7, 2014)

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