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Great Wall of China gets graffiti zone

Novel approach to combat the continuing defacement of the landmark

Move over Melbourne’s Hosier Lane.


One of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Great Wall of China, now has a graffiti area for tourists.


Established at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the move was made to deter a growing number of visitors from writing on and carving into the stones of the iconic wall, the Mutianyu administration office said.


According to the China Daily, visitors looking to leave their mark may now do so, legally, at the No 5 Fighting Tower, which until recently had been a popular place for graffiti in English and other languages.


"As many tourists like to carve words on buildings, we will develop the graffiti writing area as a new scenic spot of Mutianyu," a Great Wall administration official told the paper.


Mutianyu authorities say they plan to set up two more areas – at No 5 and No 10 towers – for tourists to carve their names on or graffiti, while an electronic graffiti board is also being considered in the future. 


Image: AP/David Guttenfelder


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 5 March 2014

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