Mining collapses the Great Wall of China

Mining collapses the Great Wall of China

A 700m stretch of China’s Great Wall has collapsed due to unregulated mining. The portion of the wall affected, built during the reign of Emperor Wanli during the Ming Dynasty (1573-1620), is located in a remote area of Hebei Province, 200km southwest of Beijing. According to Xinhua news, the area is home to a dozen small mines operating within 100m of the centuries-old wall. In the past, mining has damaged parts of the wall in Inner Mongolia but this latest episode sparks concerns that damage caused by unregulated practices may be more widespread.

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