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Great Wall of China's most dangerous stretch to be repaired

Restoration of Jiankou Great Wall will focus on torturous terrain of 915-meter segment, covering six watchtowers and connecting walls

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The Great Wall at Mutianyu. — The Beijing Hikers
The Great Wall at Mutianyu. — The Beijing Hikers

China is set to repair and restore the most treacherous 'W-shaped' stretch of the Great Wall in a bold move to preserve one of the world's most iconic structures. 

The Jiankou Great Wall, located in the Huairou district of Beijing, is renowned for its unique 'W' shape, resembling a taut bow. This ambitious restoration project, scheduled to commence in April, underscores the country's commitment to safeguarding its rich historical heritage.

Constructed during the Ming Dynasty, the Jiankou Great Wall has weathered centuries but now faces severe deterioration due to harsh weather conditions and human-induced damage. The upcoming restoration, marking the fifth phase of efforts, will focus on a challenging 915-meter segment, covering six watchtowers and connecting walls.

The decision to embark on repairs in April is strategic, taking into account the challenging terrain and water supply constraints at the project site. The Jiankou Great Wall, with its steep slope and elevation rising from west to east, presents a formidable task for restoration. 

Cheng Yongmao, overseeing the project, highlighted the extensive measures taken to address water supply challenges, including laying nearly 4,000 meters of pipelines and sourcing water from a 300-meter-deep well in a rural area.

Despite its historical significance, the Jiankou Great Wall has remained undeveloped for tourism due to safety concerns. Unauthorised visitors have faced injuries, prompting comprehensive restoration efforts to ensure the site's long-term preservation.

This initiative is part of Beijing's broader commitment to protecting its cultural heritage. Since 2000, the city has undertaken numerous Great Wall protection projects, with Jiankou Great Wall serving as a flagship demonstration. 

The restoration aligns with the Beijing Great Wall Cultural Belt Protection and Development Plan (2018-2035), emphasising the city's intensified efforts in conserving and restoring this global symbol.

Apart from fixing the Jiankou Great Wall, the Huairou District is also going to work on a part of the Mutianyu Great Wall. They'll be repairing the stretch from Watchtower 95 to Watchtower 103, including the connecting walls. They aim to finish the repairs by October 2024.