30 Jun '15, 1pm

The Great Wall of China is wasting away

While some towers and paths have succumbed to years of weathering and overgrowth, significant portions of the wall’s stones are being pilfered and sold by nearby residents for use as housing materials. While the act is illegal, it is difficult to pinpoint who to fine the standard 5,000 yuan for the crime. In addition, tourism has gone off the beaten path to explore under-developed, less sturdy sections of the wall, which has resulted in extensive damage. There are also reports of graffiti, litter, and nails bored into the wall for camping. So, what’s a curious tourist to do? As the China Highlights travel website suggests to visitors: “do not leave behind anything besides your footsteps and take away nothing more than your memories.”

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/the-great-wall-of-china-is-wasting-a...

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