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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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New survey: Great Wall much longer

 

This was the first time such a figure had been released, as a preliminary survey only showed the Great Wall structures built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) extended more than 8,850 kilometers.

An archaeological survey conducted since 2007 found a total of 43,721 heritage sites, including stretches of the wall, defense works and passes, as well as other related Great Wall facilities and ruins, Tong Mingkang, deputy chief of the the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said.

Construction of the first Great Wall dates back to the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) and, over subsequent centuries, walls were built by later dynasties in scattered, but strategic areas to fend off northern nomadic tribes.

It was put on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites in 1987.

Cultural heritage officials and experts warn that the Great Wall is threatened by natural forces as well as human activities.

Only 8.2 percent of the wall built during the Ming Dynasty remains intact, 74.1 percent is in poor condition, and in some sections, only a foundation remains, the report stated.

(Xinhua contributed to this story)

(China.org.cn, June 6, 2012)

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