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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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Great Wall gridlock gets put into "park"

 

Drivers will not be able to park private cars next to the Badaling section of the Great Wall in future, after a new parking scheme hits the road.

Hu Yaogang, Yanqing county's executive vice-governor, said during a radio interview on Friday that in previous tourist seasons, pedestrians have had to battle their way past cars to get to the wall, creating safety concerns. Hu said drivers arriving later in the day have also had to walk vast distances to get to the entrance.

He said decision makers looked to the successful management of the Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan province for a solution for Badaling and decided to introduce a closed traffic management system.

When the scheme is introduced next year, visitors will park their cars in five lots located three to five km from the entrance. Shuttle buses will pick them up and transport them to the destinations.

He also said managers are increasing the number of electric shuttle buses to accommodate more tourists.

Pickup points will be set up along the two new routes to the parking lots at convenient locations for walking tourists, linking not only the five new car parks but also all the scenic spots, reported Beijing Daily.

Zhao Jianjun, director of the Badaling administration, was quoted by the newspaper as saying something had to be done.

"In the past, neither tourists going inward nor those coming outward found it an easy matter," said Zhao. "The renovation will definitely relieve the heavy traffic and give tourists more freedom when coming and leaving."

Zhang Min, deputy director of the Badaling administration, said a computerized management system, which includes an electronic platform to supervise tourist flows and hygiene conditions 24 hours a day, has already gradually been put into operation.

(China.org.cn April-26-2010)

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