Great Wall showing severe damage

May 22, 2004 at 10:35 PM
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YINCHUAN, China, May 22 (UPI) -- Elements of the Great Wall in northwest China's Ningxiz Hui Autonomous region have suffered severe human and natural damage over the years.

The damage to the section known as China's Museum of the Great Wall is endangering China's most famous cultural relics, the official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

According to Xu Cheng, deputy director of the local cultural heritage bureau, the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, located at the meeting point of the agricultural culture and the nomadic culture of China's past, includes segments of the Great Wall more than 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) long.

This includes portions built in the Warring States Period (475 B.C. to 221 B.C.), in the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C. to 206 B.C.), in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 230), in the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and in the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644).

What puzzles and worries Xu most is the aggravation of the destruction to the Great Wall.

More than 2,000 years of assault from weather and wars has had disastrous effect. But so has the routine activitgy of people living nearby, Xu said.

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