Two arrested due to digging hole in the Great Wall of China

According to a report made on Tuesday, two people were arrested in northeastern China’s Changi Province for using an excavator to dig a hole in the Great Wall of China. 

The Great Wall, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, has been a symbol of China’s civilization and cultural heritage for centuries, covering thousands of kilometers (20000 kilometers) and carrying a rich history of several Chinese dynasties. The suspects reportedly confessed that they intended to create a shortcut to reduce the travel time.

According to government sources, the suspects caused “permanent damage” to the wall, which includes military fortifications built by Chinese emperors to deter foreign invaders. The accident left behind a dusty road, demonstrating a cut through a long, raised section of land that appeared to be the remains of the old barrier.

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The authorities traced the excavator used by the suspects during their interrogation and arrested them. The two suspects are in criminal detention as per the law, and the investigation of the case will continue.

This isn’t the first time something similar to this has happened, as back in 2021, three visitors were detained and fined by police for scrawling on the famous Badaling section of the wall with a sharp object.

the Great Wall of China


The Great Wall of China is an iconic landmark and a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Chinese nation. The wall was initially built in the 7th century B.C. to protect China from invading nomads.

Built over many centuries, the Great Wall of China also became a significant symbol of Chinese national development, cultural identity, and strength. It has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1987, along with other Chinese historical sites.

If anything good could truly come from the damage to the Great Wall caused by the excavation is that it showed the importance of protecting world heritage sites, as sites like these stood the test of time and are full of culture.

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