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Mining Is Destroying The Great Wall of China!

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Absolutely tragic that something with this much history would be destroyed so carelessly.

The Great Wall of China is apparently in big trouble, due to legal and illegal mining around the structure in a push to develop the country's resources, has lead parts of it - some as long as 100 miles - to literally crumble!

According to engingeer Guo Jianyong:

“We have no idea how many enterprises are engaged in mining along the Great Wall.”

Apparently, China's Land Resources Bureau is not required to consult with the Department of Cultural Heritage when issuing mining permits, which has meant that various operations - looking for copper, iron, molybdenum, nickel, etc. - can get within 100 meters of the Wall!

Dong Waohui, the vice-chairman of the Great Wall Association, explains:

“There was a regulation to protect the wall in 2006, but the wall is so long it is hard to enforce… And the general awareness of the wall’s problems is low. People just think of the famous sections and assume that the rest of the wall is in the same condition.”

So sad!

It's a marvel in itself that the structure is 4,000 miles and still standing, so to think that so many would have so much disrespect for their country's history and achievements by letting it just be destroyed is unfathomable to us!

We sincerely hope that the proper attention can be brought to this issue, and efforts can be made to restore the Great Wall to the glory it once had!

[Image via WENN.]

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8 comments to “Mining Is Destroying The Great Wall of China!”

  1. 1

    I'm amazed that the Chinese culture has so little regard for nature. How can they be so bright, yet incredibly stupid? I don't get it..

  2. 2

    China is one of THE ONLY COUNTRIES that is telling its citizens to buy as much METALS as they possibly can to get out of the dollar and eventually the yen. They are the largest producer through mining (for the moment) of gold and silver being pulled from the ground. The crash is coming, and the wise Chinese know it because their leadership has been telling them the truth about what the United States and Western Europe have done with completely non transparent derivatives trading going as far back as 1995 out of New York City.

  3. 3

    Yes it is amazing what man destroys. Chine may be doing this but look at what the Western Corporations/Gov'ts (USA) have done to the developing countries. Poisoned water supplies, stripped natural resources, instigated wars and sold arms etc etc.
    Yes a day of reckoning is coming.
    To many are starving.

  4. 4

    does that mean the mongolians will finally enter into china?????

  5. 5

    Wow what a shame. Story has it as one of the few objects man made that you can see in space.

  6. 6

    who cares about a fucking wall? Its a wall!

    you can see Kim Ks ass from space and thats manmade too!

  7. 7

    do a little research into the history of that wall; it involves slavery, suffering, and when you died you became part of the wall. they threw you in like you were mortar. when you walk on that wall you walk on the corpses of those forced into slavery, were beaten and tortured who built it. i would never go to that place. horrible place, terrible country. let it fall

  8. 8

    "to think that so many would have so much disrespect for their country's history and achievements by letting it just be destroyed is unfathomable to us!"

    you have the internet- do 20 seconds of research. "achievement" over the lives of their citizens, ends justify the means eh perez? no human rights- the long legacy of china.