Local Gov’t Slammed For Shoddy Great Wall Restoration Work

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A local government in China has earned widespread scorn after truly terrible restoration work on a 700 yr. old stretch of the Great Wall.

The dodgy repairs were completed on a “wild” portion of the wall near the border of Liaoning and Hebei under orders from Suizhong county’s Cultural Relics Bureau, CNN reported.

As part of the restoration work, a load of cement was simply dumped on the wall and spread out, leaving a white trail that covered up the original features of the iconic monument.

The work was intended to restore parts of the wall that had fallen into disrepair and were not open to the public.

It was actually carried out in 2014, but came to public attention only recently when photos emerged on Chinese social media platform Weibo and Beijing News.

The Great Wall of China Society’s deputy director Dong Yaohui said the work had been done very badly. “It damaged the original look of The Great Wall and took the history away from the people,” he said.

He said the dodgy job demonstrated the need for the Chinese government to adopt a more regulatory approach to any restorations on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Chinese internet users scorned the restoration job, sending the hashtag “The most beautiful, wild Great Wall flattened” trending on Weibo.

“Glad Venus de Milo is not in China, or someone would get her a new arm,” one user posted online.

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