Construction work and heavy rainfall have been blamed for causing a large piece of the wall to collapse.
Originally constructed in the 7th century BC the Great Wall was originally intended to keep invaders out of the Chinese Empire. Due to the vast size of the wall and the scale of its construction it is generally regarded to be one of the wonders of the ancient world, one of only a few to have survived in to modern times. Fortunately officials assessing the damage believe that it should be possible to restore the collapsed section.
"There is an investigation into the causes of the collapse," said a city official. "A number of things may have contributed, including the building work."
"Workmen digging up a square in Zhangjiakou city, Heibei province, near the wall have been blamed for triggering the collapse of 100 ft of Great Wall."
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