For the sake of historical preservation, a section of the Great Wall of China was dismantled, with some believing it could be used to construct a shortcut elsewhere, and indeed it was. Laborers working on the Great Wall of China Shanxi province had broken down a portion of it, repurposing the stones for this shortcut. It’s similar to what the police call a “shortcut” when they want to get to the scene of a crime quickly.
Two Chinese construction workers were arrested in August 2023 for using an excavator to damage a section of the Great Wall of China. The workers, a man, and a woman, were reportedly trying to create a shortcut to their worksite.
A 33-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman were working near the 32nd section of the Great Wall of China. Instead of using it as a shortcut, they could have simply taken a taxi.
The police suspect these two individuals may have caused damage to China’s cultural heritage, similar to what they did to it in the past. The Great Wall of China. , (traditional Chinese: 萬里長城; which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, was continuously built from 220 BC to 1600 AD. The Ming Dynasty had started renovations around 2,000 years ago. It will need to be rebuilt again.
It became the world’s largest military fortification in the 16th century.
The part of the wall that remains intact dates from the 14th to the 17th century. It now has a significant shortcut.
The well-preserved sections boast impressive watchtowers, but other sections have fallen into disrepair or have been lost to natural erosion.
According to a 2016 report in the Beijing Times, 30% of the Great Wall of China wall has been completely lost, with only 8% still in good condition.
Understanding the structure of this wall may help you comprehend why someone would want to break it down. It was constructed to halt invasions. There are watchtowers on this structure. The wall extends from northern China’s Inner Mongolia region through villages, hills, towns, and sometimes even through desert regions.
The oldest part of this wall built thousands of years ago, is now visible as a simple stone barrier. It doesn’t resemble the Great Wall of China at all.
Many decades ago, local farmers used the bricks from this wall to build their homes or barns.
However, the Chinese government has now taken strict measures to prevent the destruction of this wall. This has led to the arrest of two individuals.
The actions of these two individuals shouldn’t come as a shock to the Chinese people because it has been happening for years. But their actions may still anger them because the Great Wall isn’t just China’s; it’s an important world heritage site.