Mongolians successfully breach the Great Wall

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In what would have made headlines 2000 years ago, it seems the Mongol’s have finally been able to push a hole through the wall built to keep them out. In a government funded survey of the Great Wall, it had been discovered that a 90 metre portion had been irreparably damaged by Mongolian gold prospectors.

The damaged section was built by the Qin Dynasty between 220BC and 206BC. Only a tiny segment of the Qin wall remains, which was a reinforced earth barrier unlike the stone structure built by the Ming Dynasty 12 centuries later.

Any damage caused to the wall can result in a 500,000 yuan fine, or 10 years in prison. For taking out 90 metres of it, I am inclined to think a few death penalties just might be on the agenda!

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