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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

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

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

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

Two jailed for damaging Great Wall in north China


Two people have been jailed for intentionally damaging a section of the Great Wall in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, prosecutors said Thursday.

The two men surnamed Zhang and Tian were sentenced to three years in prison with a four-year reprieve for drilling two holes and four trenches into the Great Wall of the Qin Dynasty (221-207 B.C.) in northern Hohhot, the regional capital, according to a written statement released by the Hohhot Procuratorate.

Their company, which was accused of causing the damage for gold prospecting, was fined 100,000 yuan (14,637 U.S. dollars), the statement said.

The pair were sentenced at the People's Court of Xincheng District, Hohhot City last Friday, it said.

Zhang, the project manager, and Tian, chief engineer of the gold prospecting team of Hohhot Kekao Mining Co., were detained on Dec. 9, 2009 after initial probes found them to have allegedly damaged the 2000-year-old wall last September and October despite two written warnings issued by the cultural relics department of Inner Mongolia in Sept. 20 and 30 last year.

The case was similar to one in 2008, in which five miners received jail terms ranging from one to three years in Inner Mongolia for damaging a section of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Great Wall.

The construction of the Great Wall dates back to around 200 BC when Emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210 B.C.) had fortification walls built to stop invasions from northern tribes.

(Xinhua, June 10, 2010)

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