In order to take a shortcut, workers breach China’s Great Wall

China’s Great Wall has been intact for more than 2,000 years, with the exception of the Manchus who established the Qing dynasty and the conqueror Genghis Khan. Two construction workers are now being accused of breaking through the barricade in order to take a shortcut. The Great Wall is a United Nations-protected historic site and a cultural icon of China. Two laborers were detained by Chinese authorities on Wednesday for breaching a section of the historic wall. The restored portions of the wall that the majority of Chinese and foreign visitors tour are distant from this location. Hundreds of kilometers west of Beijing, the officials of Youyu County displayed a dirt road that was partially through the wall in a rural area.

 

The Great Wall of China is an 8,850-kilometer network of interconnected walls and towers. Primarily, it was constructed during the Ming dynasty (1644–1644), the native government. That year, the northern Manchus defeated China’s fortifications and established the Qing empire. After that, the wall was abandoned, and the locals stole stones and bricks. Later, as a symbol of public mobilization, resistance to foreign pressure, and patriotism, the Chinese Communist government restored portions of the wall. According to the Youyu County authorities, the arrests happened on August 24 upon receipt of a complaint about the violation. It added that both suspects had been taken into custody and would be prosecuted.

 

The Great Wall illustrates the “collision and exchanges between agricultural civilizations and nomadic civilizations in ancient China,” according to UNESCO. According to the U.N. organization, the wall offers “physical evidence” of military and political ideology. It went on to say that the building is a superb illustration of “ancient Chinese military architecture, technology, and art.”

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