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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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Latest survey shows Beijing has 527 km of Great Wall

 

Latest survey by the Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage shows that there are 526.65467 kilometers of the Great Wall in Beijing.

Of the nearly 527 km of Great Wall, about 388 km have been renovated or rebuilt, according to figures released on Saturday, the fourth "Cultural Heritage Day", a domestic holiday that falls on the second Saturday of each June.

On the same day, the municipal bureau of cultural relics in Shanxi announced that there are 896.53 km of the Great Wall in the province, and 631.12 km of those have been rebuilt.

Data released by the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping in April showed the total length of the Great Wall is 8858.88 km, nearly 71 percent of which have been rebuilt.

The Great Wall was originally built at the order of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang (259-210 BC), who was also known for the Terra Cotta Warriors in his grand tomb, but most of the surviving walls were built in the Ming Dynasty, about 600 years ago.

The Ming Dynasty portions are scattered across 10 provinces in the northern part of the country. It starts in the northeastern province of Jilin and ends in the western province of Gansu.

The most visited sections, however, are the Badaling and Mutianyu sections in suburban Beijing.

(Xinhua News Agency June 15, 2009)

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