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  • Xinhua story on GW's poor preservation status

    One can only hope Wu and his crew can lobby the authorities not to make terrible "restorations" such as those reportedly starting at the Nine Eye Tower and that have happened near Huangtaizi's High Tower since about October 2012.

    After all, there's already a Disneyland in Hong Kong...

    China's Great Wall poorly preserved
    English.news.cn 2014-08-15 23:44:44
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/ch..._126878184.htm


    BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- The preservation status of the Great Wall is "not optimistic", a Chinese expert has said, highlighting irresponsible industrial development and a lack of funds.

    "Almost three quarters of the part of the wall built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) is poorly preserved, and less than 10 percent is in a relatively sound condition,"said Wu Guoqiang, secretary-general of the China Great Wall Society, at a Friday seminar. The society was founded in 1987 and is dedicated to researching, protecting and restoring the Great Wall.

    Wu revealed that only foundations remain of some sections and both humans and nature are posing severe threats to the Great Wall.

    The Great Wall was built continuously from the 3rd century B.C. till the 17th century A.D. as military defense. It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

    "We must brook no delay in salvaging and protecting the Great Wall," Wu said.

    Various natural factors, including earthquakes, floods and erosion, have taken their toll on the Wall, but the main culprit is humans.

    "Damage from human activity is growing more and more exacerbating," said Wu, citing construction projects approved by local governments with no preservation concerns.

    Lacking preservation awareness, civilians pluck bricks and soil from the Great Wall and even grow plants on it, Wu said, adding that such cases usually occur in remote regions and are difficult to control.

    To make matters worse, ]the Wall extends for more than 20,000 km through many remote regions with impoverished governments who lack the funds and skills to protect their sections.

    Wu called for a thorough management system to enforce protective measures, a special preservation fund as well as scientific and technological input.

    "The Great Wall is the most recognizable symbol of China in the world, and it must be kept alive," Wu said.
    If you're tired of the Great Wall, you're tired of life.
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    Xinhua: China Sets Up Fund To Protect Great Wall
    BEIJING, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- China Culture Relics Protection Foundation established a special fund on Monday in a bid to better finance the protection of the Great Wall.

    The fund raised about 18.2 million yuan (2.9 million U.S. dollars) from donations on Monday. A committee was set up to manage the money.

    The Great Wall, with a total length of 21,196 kilometers, is one of China's most iconic landmarks.

    The aging world heritage site is confronted with pressing challenges including a lack of protection staff and most notably a shortage of renovation money in some undeveloped regions.
    If you're tired of the Great Wall, you're tired of life.
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      Re: Xinhua story on GW's poor preservation status

      From what we've learnt through mapping, to protect the Ming Great wall from natural erosion alone would require a massive amount of money. Needless to say the walls need constant monitoring and preservation.

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        The walls has been largely redundant and neglected since the Manchus took over China in the 17th century, and I guess it would be too gigantic a task to preserve all the known stretches of the walls. Such vast expenses had brought down a couple of dynasties, and I doubt the CCP want to repeat that......

        But whichever stretches they decide to preserve, hope the restoration are done correctly to the period of construction.

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          Re: Xinhua story on GW's poor preservation status

          Originally posted by OSFlanker View Post
          But whichever stretches they decide to preserve, hope the restoration are done correctly to the period of construction.
          How many counterexamples do you want?


          -chinoook
          chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
          chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
          chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

          The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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