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Great Wall of China section collapses


Posted on Monday, 27 August, 2012 | Comment icon 15 comments


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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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Comment icon #6 Posted by and then on 27 August, 2012, 12:16
When I walked on a section near Beijing in 2000 I saw a couple of the small Guard Towers. The most amazing thing for me was how steep the ramps were... I couldn't imagine horses keeping their footing on such cobbles. Most of the wall that I could see in the distance was in very bad shape so i guess the government just chose to repair a section for tourists. it was a high point of the visit. That and the Forbidden City. Of course, having a brand new 6 year old grinning from ear to ear helped also....
Comment icon #7 Posted by Yellow Jacket on 27 August, 2012, 12:28
How can the pile of debris be the same height as the wall, itself? Just a curious observation.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ealdwita on 27 August, 2012, 13:48
How can the pile of debris be the same height as the wall, itself? Just a curious observation. Fly-tippers!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Timonthy on 27 August, 2012, 23:43
How can the pile of debris be the same height as the wall, itself? Just a curious observation. ET? Government conspiracy? C'mon son! The Far side of the wall looks somewhat intact, with the rubble sloping down from the highest point. I suggest: Go to the beach, build a sand wall and recreate it.
Comment icon #10 Posted by King Fluffs on 28 August, 2012, 10:01
I bet some evil wizard actually caused it to collapse.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Darkwind on 28 August, 2012, 11:10
I bet some evil wizard actually caused it to collapse. Muhahahah... I been caught. It is old after all and these things happen. They'll get some new slaves (political prisoners) and fix it.
Comment icon #12 Posted by justcalmebubba on 29 August, 2012, 2:04
i was under the impression that the great wall was constructed with bones of dead slaves and them who invaded china? there wasnt nutting but dust no wonder it fell apart
Comment icon #13 Posted by hammerclaw on 30 August, 2012, 2:14
That was part of the Faux Wall of China that had been "restored" for the tourist trade.
Comment icon #14 Posted by hammerclaw on 30 August, 2012, 23:17
That section of the wall was core-and-veneer architecture,hence the tall core of compacted rubble revealed when the casing collapsed.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Likely Guy on 31 August, 2012, 1:39
From the Telegraph aticle: "Some other parts of the Great Wall have also gone through some restoration; the height of the wall in parts has been reduced from 16ft to less than 6ft." That's no good. So, in those sections, it's properly called the "Really Long Fence of China"?


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