7 months Mules, tools and old bricks: Rebuilding China’s Great Wall Manilatimes |World
BEIJING: Nature, time, neglect and millions of footsteps have taken their toll on the Great Wall of China leaving much of it crumbling, but repairing it can be painstaking — and controversial — work. After public outcry when a 700-year-old section of the monument was ‘fixed’ by covering it with cement — authorities insisted on more authentic restoration using traditional methods: so now laborers, aided by mules, use reclaimed stones and mortar. “They are all the bricks that collapsed from the original wall. The bricks are used to mend these places,” said Li Jingdong, one of the workers restoring the ... more