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China issues comprehensive plan to protect Great Wall

A comprehensive conservation plan has been released to establish a long-term mechanism for the conservation and utilisation of the Great Wall in China, a senior official of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) announced on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

The plan was jointly publicised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the SACH on Tuesday.

“The government’s role in protecting the Great Wall should be strengthened,’’ Liu Yuzhu, head of SACH, at a State Council Information Office press conference, said.

“Individuals and relevant social organisations are encouraged to provide not-for-profit service for the Great Wall,’’ Liu said.

Liu said sections of the Great Wall built during the Qin (221 B.C. to 206 B.C.), Han (202 B.C. to 220 A.D.) and Ming (1368 A.D. to 1644 A.D.) dynasties were the key areas to be conserved.

The Great Wall consists of many interconnected walls built between the seventh century B.C. and the Ming Dynasty.

It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

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