Chinese recall Great Wall because of construction faults

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Chinese recall Great Wall because of construction faults

In the ongoing problems faced with quality control of their products China have now recalled sections of the Great Wall constructed in AD 206.

An offical spokesman said that
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Only small portions of the Great Wall are affected, being built of inferior mud instead of Bricks and mortar.

The decendents of the builders, aproximately 2.3 million people have been executed as punishment.

Customers who have purchased Great Wall can be assured that it is safe to use provided that the instructions are followed.


A local Chinese wallkeeper has worked to stop the Mongorians breaking down his city wall, and complains about the low quality of construction.



BEIJING, Aug. 29 (Reuters) — Sandstorms in northwest China are reducing sections of the Great Wall to mounds of dirt and may cause them to disappear in about 20 years, state media said Wednesday.

The Great Wall snakes its way across more than 3,980 miles and gets an estimated 10 million visitors a year.

More than 37 miles of the wall in Minqin County in Gansu Province — built in the Han Dynasty, which lasted from B.C. 206 to A.D. 220 — has been “rapidly disappearing,” the official state news agency, Xinhua, said, citing the head of the local museum, Zhou Shengrui.

“This section of the Great Wall was made of mud rather than brick and stone, so it’s more prone to erosion,” Xinhua quoted Mr. Zhou as saying.

“Similar erosion happened to the Great Wall in other places,” he said, “but the situation is much worse here.”

Extensive farming since the 1950s sapped underground water and harmed the local ecology, which made Minqin a major source of sandstorms in the northwest, the news agency said.

About 25 miles of the wall has disappeared in the past 20 years and only about six miles of it remains in Minqin, Xinhua said.

The height of the wall has been reduced from more than 15 feet to less than six and a half feet in places, and the square lookout towers have disappeared completely, it added.

The Great Wall, a World Heritage site, has been rebuilt many times through the centuries, and many sections of it have been seriously damaged by man and weather.

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By netchicken: posted on 30-8-2007








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