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China urged to protect Great Wall


Published on Jul 20, 2012

A group of historians has urged Chinese authorities to boost protection efforts along western sections of the Great Wall. Following a recent survey of several sections of the Wall in Gansu province, Xinhua reported that a team of experts found that many stretches of the landmark are under threat from "both natural and human damage". The team also concluded that while the harsh weather conditions meant that the Gansu stretches were more susceptible to erosion, while a lack of skilled research personnel and protective technology were also hindering conservation efforts. The Great Wall was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, but due to its length (recently confirmed at 21,196km) its conservation is difficult to maintain.

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