Police hunt Great Wall of China vandal

CENPublished: July 22, 201631 views
Published: July 22, 2016

Chinese police are hunting for a man who was seen purposely destroying pieces of the Great Wall in a viral video.

In the short clip the casually dressed tourist pulls off a brick from the historical relic and goes on to kick parts of the ancient wall while performing amateur Kung Fu-like stances.

According to police in Huailai County’s Dayingpan village, in Zhangjiakou City of North China’s Hebei Province, the video appeared to be shot within its area of administration, and authorities are now trying to track down the suspect.

Seemingly unfazed by the prospect of spending up to 10 years in jail for damaging the national treasure, the suspect also appeared unmoved when his friend doing the video’s voice-over told him the structure was built during the Qin dynasty (221 to 206 BC) by Emperor Qin Shihuang - China’s first emperor.

Investigators, however, told local media that the part of the wall damaged by the vandals was in fact made during the Ming dynasty (1368 to 1644 AD) - an extension of the original structure, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Police have promised to bring the suspect to justice and punish him accordingly.

Damage to the Great Wall occurs frequently, but it is very rarely documented.

Almost one-third of the 6,300-kilometre (3,914-mile) ancient wall has vanished over the years due to destruction by humans, according to the Great Wall of China Society, such as farmers who took bricks to build their homes.

The Badaling and Juyongguan sections of the wall located in capital Beijing are a few of the well-preserved areas that remain, mainly due to their being tourism hotspots.

The rest of the Great Wall is constantly exposed to the elements.

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