The Great Wall of China is in trouble. Only a third of the structure is still
standing due to "vandalism, pigsties and natural erosion."
News reporters in China announced recently that nearly two-thirds of the
country's historic landmark, the Great Wall, has been destroyed due to
vandalism, the development of coal mines, and the building of pigsties from
its materials. Other streches are covered with grafitti.
The Wall, which once stretched 4,000 miles across China, is visited by 10
million tourists each year, mostly in the Badaling area. Parts of the Great
Wall were built 2000 years ago, but most was constructed during the Ming
dynasty (1368-1644) by millions of conscripted labourers.
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