外文标题：China's Great Wall is disappearing: Report
BEIJING: Around 30 per cent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities - including stealing the bricks to build houses - erode the Unesco World Heritage site, state media reported.
The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres in sections, from Shanhaiguan on the east coast to Jiayuguan in the windswept sands on the edge of the Gobi desert.
In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometres (5,600 to 13,000 miles), depending on whether missing sections are included. Despite its length it is not, as is sometimes claimed, visible from space.
Construction first begun in the third century BC, but nearly 6,300 kilometres were built in the Ming Dynasty of 1368-1644, including the much-visited sectors north of the capital Beijing.
Of that, 1,962 kilometres has melted away over the centuries, the Beijing Times reported.
SWAROOP () 5 hrs ago
Chinese people do innovations but not able protect their prestigious monument which is famous all across the world.... Have plans and try to protect the Great Wall of China
Ashwani Kumar (Unknown)
That may be natural wear and tear.
PRANS (Unknown) 8 hrs ago
this is serious issue as gradually wonder of the world is disappearing
P Sreedhar (Unknown)
Did they sell off that too?
commonman () 9 hrs ago
no wonder.. made in china.
The stones from the wall have been used for many years for building homes,the wall is only in parts intact.this nothing new but only now brought to light.
Rk NY (NY USA) replies to guru
wize guy.. no one said this happened today.. or this newz is brand new.. and it was bricks.. stolen by chines to build their homes... it was not stones.. like the stones used in roman buildings.. one reason why many roman buildings are still standing.... ur loyalty to chinese master. is admirable..!!
if the great Wall is in India, our political idiots would have created fake documents and occupied in that area. he he. Chinese don't know the way how to swindle the government property.
Nam hyd (Hyderabad)
It validates the Long term belief that Chinese Manufactured goods are not Quality compliant.
free birdi (Gondwanaland)
if this was india - it would have disappeared long ago
Parthiv Sheth (Unknown)
Visit as soon as possible. It may not be there in future..
Felix Ignatius (salem)
Construction started in 300 BC and destruction started in 21st century... But in fact modern construction doesn't withstand for such a long time... We must appreciate the greatest achievements of mankind irrespective of race ...
Khandaker Islam (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Does it mean UNSCO World heritage ther great wass of China would vanish? What hell the administration is doing ?