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Great Wall of China section damaged ‘beyond repair’: Report

  • 2 people arrested, charged with damaging Great Wall of China
  • Contractors allegedly broke through to make their work easier: Report
  • The wall was built during China’s imperial Ming Dynasty

(NewsNation) — Two people have been arrested for allegedly using an excavator on a section of the Great Wall of China, causing damage “beyond repair,” China Daily reported.

CNN reported that the Shanxi Cultural Relics Bureau shared in a social media post that the suspects are a 38-year-old man with the last name Zheng and a 55-year-old woman with the last name Wang.

The pair used machinery to, “widen a gap on a section of the No 32 Great Wall in Youyu county in late August.” They have been charged with destroying a cultural relic, China Daily reported.

After they were contracted to do construction near the wall, they allegedly admitted to using the excavator to make it easier to pass through, China Daily reported.

The wall was built during China’s imperial Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644).

“The Great Wall was continuously built from the 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD on the northern border of the country as the great military defense project of successive Chinese Empires, with a total length of more than 20,000 kilometers,” according to UNESCO’s website.


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