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GREAT WALL OF CHINA CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

GREAT WALL OF CHINA CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
China
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BACKGROUND

The “Great Wall” refers to a series of defensive barriers erected between the fifth century B.C. and the mid-seventeenth century to deter invaders from the north. The Ming Dynasty wall, built in stages between 1369 and 1644, was the last, longest, and grandest of them all. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Although the Great Wall has been a tourist destination for centuries, in the late twentieth century increased international travel created new management challenges. By the year 2000, a third of the wall had been eroded due to natural and man-made causes, including vandalism. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The dramatic stone barrier that hugs the rugged mountains in northern China is the most widely known section of the “Great Wall” of China, but is in fact only one small piece of a vast network of ancient structures that stretch across what is now roughly the edge of Inner Mongolia. (...)