China’s Great Wall is disappearing

China's Great Wall is disappearing

Around 30 percent of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities — including stealing the bricks to build houses. In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometres, depending on whether missing sections are included. Despite its length it is not, as is sometimes claimed, visible from space. Under Chinese regulations people who take bricks from the Great Wall can be fined up to 5,000 yuan.

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