20 Oct '11, 1am

Unregulated mining causes part of China's Great Wall to collapse

Unregulated mining causes part of China's Great Wall to collapse

A part of the Great Wall in a remote area near Laiyuan county in Hebei. Small mines have sprung up in the area because it has rich reserves of copper, iron and nickel. -- PHOTO: CHINAFOTOPRESS SHIJIAZHUANG, China - Unregulated mining has caused part of China's ancient Great Wall to collapse, setting off alarm bells for the Unesco World Heritage Site. The damaged portion is located in a remote area near the county of Laiyuan in Hebei province, about 200km south-west of Beijing. The area is home to a dozen small mines, with some operating as close as 100m to the centuries-old wall. Background story OVERLOOKED '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.' Mr Dong Waohui, vice-chairman of the Great Wall Association Villagers and local cultural heritage protection ...

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