Bejing, June 2 : Repair work has started at the 2,000-year-old Xiaoshetai section of the Great Wall of China, so as to strengthen the dilapidated parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Xinhua quoted officials at Bayannur in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saying that restoration work has commenced and the project is scheduled to be completed by 2021, repairing the collapsed 5-km section of the Great Wall which dates back to the Qin Dynasty (221-207 B.C.). The Xiaoshetai Great Wall measures 240 kms in length, and has a beacon tower standing every 0.5-1.5 kms.
The oldest sections of the Great Wall was built during the reign of the first emperor of Qin who built it ward off the northern tribes. In 2019, the Chinese ministry of Culture and Tourism and the National Cultural Heritage Administration jointly released a conservation plan to set up a long-term mechanism for the conservation and utilization of the Great Wall. (UNI)