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Man defaces Great Wall, triggers online fury

(People's Daily Online)    16:36, July 22, 2016

A footage of of the video. (Photo from Wechat)

Recently, a video lasting only six seconds went viral online. The video shows a young man removing bricks from the Great Wall using moves that imitate Chinese kung-fu. During the video, a voice says: "It wasn't easy for Emperor Qinshihuang to build the Great Wall, but he [the subject of the video] is destroying it."

The video has angered netizens all across the country. Many have strongly condemned the man’s behavior. Others have pointed out that section of the Great Wall where the video was filmed is Dapanying in Hebei's Huailai County.

The State Bureau of Cultural Relics ordered the Hebei Cultural Relics Bureau to investigate the case and punish the man. 

A reporter from Beijing Youth Daily learned from the Public Security Bureau of Huailai County that Mr. Zhu, the man in the video, has already turned himself in. Zhu, 49, is from Ningjin County in Hebei province. On July 17, Zhu and his friends visited the Dapangying section of the Great Wall. Zhu removed two bricks from the wall while his friends recorded a video, because Zhu wanted to flaunt the accomplishment to those in his WeChat friends circle. Zhu was sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention and given a 500-yuan fine. 

He has written an apology letter to netizens and the Cultural Relics Bureaus confessing his misconduct and begging for forgiveness. 

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