China’s Great Wall damaged by workers looking for shortcut

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A part of China’s Great Wall has been severely damaged by construction workers in central Shanxi province, who used an excavator to dig through it. Police say two people are suspected of trying to create a shortcut for their construction work. The two have been detained and the case is under further investigation. The 38-year-old man and 55-year-old woman were working near the affected area, the 32nd Great Wall. They dug a ‘big gap’ by widening an existing cavity of the Great Wall so that their excavator could pass through it. Police say they wanted to reduce the distance they had to travel. Police also stressed that the two caused ‘irreversible damage to the integrity of the Ming Great Wall and to the safety of the cultural relics.'” (09/05/23)