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Leave your mark on the Great Wall of China

Leave your mark on the Great Wall of China
6 Mar 2014

The Great Wall of China is widely recognised as one of the must-visit tourists attractions of the world, having survived remarkably well since it was constructed between 220-206 BC by the then Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.

And the wall is set to move with the times, after it was announced that a section of the landmark is being set aside for the sole purpose of graffiti. The overarching ambition behind the plan is to reduce the extent of scrawling elsewhere on the wall, which has become a problem in recent decades.

Tourists are often keen to leave their mark - quite literally - on the wall, and they now have an excuse to do just that.

Most of the scrawlings have been created by foreign visitors, many of whom travel from the other side of the world to look at this amazing sight.

It has been announced that a segment of the wall, located in the popular area of Mutianyu, has been specifically selected for the graffiti zone.

China Daily quotes a director of the administration office at Mutianyu saying that the move was motivated by the fact that "many tourists like to carve words on buildings".

What's more, the office revealed that it has plans to create one or two more areas where graffiti is permitted.

Prior to this, officials had actually resorted to conducting regular graffiti patrols as a means of discouraging people from leaving their mark on the sight. Warning signs have also been erected, but neither measure has proven to be a worthwhile deterrent.

Meanwhile, other parts of the wall that have been defaced are set to be restored.

So, if you like the idea of leaving your mark on one of the world's most recognisable landmarks, you've now got a great excuse to do exactly that.ADNFCR-408-ID-801701149-ADNFCR

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