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Beijing to invest 41.8 million yuan to repair Ming Great Wall

(Chinanews.com)

16:51, August 18, 2011

Edited and translated by Liu Xiaoning, People's Daily Online

Heavy repairs will be made to the section of the Hefangkou Great Wall in Beijing that dates back to the Ming dynasty. The repair project, covering a length of 3,500 meters, is the largest one, with an investment about 41.8 million yuan.

At the ground-breaking ceremony, Kong Fansi, director of theBeijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage, said that this repair project is a kind of emergency and reinforcement repair work for the old section of the Great Wall. The purpose of this repair is to retain the historical and original appearance of the Great Wall, which has changed over the years, and to prolong the lifespan of historical relics.

Located in the north of Huairou district 70 kilometers northeast of Beijing, the Hefangkou Great Wall is severely damaged due to long-term disrepair. The collapsed wall, falling rocks and scattered broken stones can be seen along almost the whole section of the Hefangkou Great Wall.

The renovation includes 25 watchtowers and watch platforms in total and will be completed in two stages. At the first stage, which is planned to be finished by the end of this year, 1,700 meters of the Hefangkou Great Wall will be under repair. The second stage of renovation will start at the beginning of the next year. The whole repair project is expected to take over one year to complete by the end of 2012.

"The Hefangkkou Great Wall has never been open to the public." Kong Fansi said, "After the repair, visitors can view the magnificent and beautiful sceneries at the different sections of the Great Wall. When seen at the south shore of the Yaxi Lake, one of Beijing's famous tourist attractions, the Great Wall looks like a dragon zigzagging over mountain tops."

According to historical records, the section of the Hefangkou Great Wall was built in the Ming dynasty, which is constructed on the base of the Great Wall since the Northern Qi dynasty with rigorous design and intensive layout of watchtowers.

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