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(Daily Mail)   One-hundred-foot section of the Great Wall of China collapses, Mongolians take note   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 109
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2012-08-09 12:09:10 AM  
Went to the Great Wall three weeks ago. Don't go to Badaling, especially in the summer, unless you like competing with EVERYONE else in China to walk on it. I went to Mutianyu, which was beautiful.

Most people don't realize it's only short sections of the wall that look like the pictures of nice, clean wall. Almost all of the tourist places you can go have been restored or repaired to allow tourists to walk on them- the rest of it is overgrown, falling apart, and entirely original to the Ming-era restorations. Most of the sections you can visit end after a few miles or so, and you can usually keep going onto the unrestored parts to get a real idea of what the wall was like without all the modern bricks and mortar.

Still amazing, though. It's funny to me that the Great Wall was basically one of the biggest failures in history despite being so impressive- China was invaded multiple times by nomads from the north, mostly by either riding around it or bribing the gate guards to get through. Didn't work so hot, huh?
 
2012-08-09 12:10:15 AM  

Alright! Information demands to be free! No way you can stop Chinese dissidents from communicating with the outside world.


Oh, sorry. I thought it was a collapse of the Great Firewall of China.

 
2012-08-09 12:10:31 AM  
Um, the Mongols successfully invaded China even after the Wall was built.
 
2012-08-09 12:12:02 AM  
First to say "INSIDE JOB! CONTROLLED DEMOLITION!!!!1!!1!"
 
2012-08-09 12:12:53 AM  
Over a million people died while building the Great Wall. According to some sources, the bodies were buried within the Wall's foundation. According to other sources, the bodies were were actually buried near the Wall, not in it, because the builders knew that a rotting corpse would only leave a chink in the Wall...thus compromising it and causing it to crumble...Hey! Wait a minute....
 
2012-08-09 12:13:40 AM  
What a city wall!
 
2012-08-09 12:15:52 AM  
Now China has to worry about barbarians entering their cultural borders on their continent.
 
2012-08-09 12:20:13 AM  
What'd you expect? It was made in China!

*ducks!*

Seriously, though. Sad tag is unfortunately appropriate. It really sucks seeing historical/cultural monuments destroyed or falling apart. :(
 
2012-08-09 12:23:56 AM  

diaphoresis: Noone REALLY believed that wall would stay up til the end of time without maintenance, did they?


No one with sense. Lots of historic objects have had very recent maintenance, but usually the public doesn't even know.

And as the article points out, the Great Wall has been repaired over and over through the millennia. It's built of stone, not wood. Most of what's visible in that rubble is the dirt filler. The wall itself is built of stone and most of that would have survived that crumbling without much damage. So they'll be able to repair it without too much trouble I imagine.
 
2012-08-09 12:28:55 AM  
I was in China in '08 and walked on the wall, it's might impressive.
 
2012-08-09 12:29:53 AM  

texdent: Just get Superman to to rebuild it with his rebuild a wall vision


Masonry Vision
 
2012-08-09 12:30:11 AM  

Devolving_Spud: First to say "INSIDE JOB! CONTRORRED DEMORITION!!!!1!!1!"


FTFM.
 
2012-08-09 12:33:54 AM  

RexTalionis: The original Great Wall dates back to seventh century China, but the section in Zhangjiakou was rebuilt more than 500 years ago in 1484 during the Ming Dynasty.

The original Great Wall started construction in 220 BC, not 7th Century China.

Still one of the only man made objects visible from space, the wall is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials.

No, it isn't.


Bungling workmen digging up a square at the foot of the wall have been blamed for triggering the disaster at Zhangjiakou, in Hebei province of northern China.

Locals also say a recent deluge of rain and additional major roadworks in front of the walls may have been a factor in causing the 100ft section to fall away in the early hours of the morning.


Hurm.... a single square of the wall and workmen, or major roadworks and heavy rains?

Oh, Daily Mail: you've earned your reputation as bird cage lining.
 
2012-08-09 12:34:12 AM  

PIP_the_TROLL: It's built of stone, not wood.


Parts of it.
The part I've seen out West is all rammed earth.
 
2012-08-09 12:35:00 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-09 12:36:12 AM  

Aces and Eights: Over a million people died while building the Great Wall. According to some sources, the bodies were buried within the Wall's foundation. According to other sources, the bodies were were actually buried near the Wall, not in it, because the builders knew that a rotting corpse would only leave a chink in the Wall...thus compromising it and causing it to crumble...Hey! Wait a minute....


i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-09 12:38:47 AM  
"Stupid Mongolians! Oh, cwap."

BOOM
 
2012-08-09 12:40:34 AM  

poe_zlaw: Looks like its not such the Great Wall Of China afterall. More like the Alright Wall of China seeing as how its falling down and all


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-09 12:46:55 AM  

FriarReb98: sno man: And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."

And I bet he was really squinting, too.


i287.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-09 12:48:09 AM  
www.geekologie.com
 
2012-08-09 12:48:20 AM  
What, no jokes about an American tour group?

/I pity the contractor that screwed this up
//They used to bury screw ups in the wall for fill
 
2012-08-09 12:49:49 AM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

I don't see what the problem is. According to the map, the Russians took care of the Mongols already.
 
2012-08-09 12:50:38 AM  

ZMugg: Aces and Eights: Over a million people died while building the Great Wall. According to some sources, the bodies were buried within the Wall's foundation. According to other sources, the bodies were were actually buried near the Wall, not in it, because the builders knew that a rotting corpse would only leave a chink in the Wall...thus compromising it and causing it to crumble...Hey! Wait a minute....

[i0.kym-cdn.com image 500x447]


Okay, so I'm not the only one who saw that, I'm just not sure if I'm a bad person for it or not.

/I giggled
//so, yeah, probably
 
2012-08-09 12:50:53 AM  

RexTalionis: The original Great Wall dates back to seventh century China, but the section in Zhangjiakou was rebuilt more than 500 years ago in 1484 during the Ming Dynasty.

The original Great Wall started construction in 220 BC, not 7th Century China.

Still one of the only man made objects visible from space, the wall is made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials.

No, it isn't.


Done in... Whatever post this is. Two?
 
2012-08-09 12:52:42 AM  

unlikely: "Sappy" tag out visiting the damage?


/obscure?


That's the SappER tag, you DOLT!
 
2012-08-09 12:57:42 AM  
img854.imageshack.us
 
2012-08-09 01:01:29 AM  
images4.wikia.nocookie.net

...strangely silent on the matter.

/with arms wide
//hot
 
2012-08-09 01:04:46 AM  
Don't worry. I'm sure the perpetrators and any Chinese citizen the Communists think might even remember this event will be put to death. Problem solved, Communist style.
 
2012-08-09 01:05:39 AM  
*Applause*

Well played with the Karl Pilkington references.......forgot about that until now.
 
2012-08-09 01:06:06 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: When 2000 years old you reach, look as good, you will not


Yes, I wonder if they took that into account when they said this: A city official said: 'There is an investigation into the causes of the collapse. A number of things may have contributed, including the building work.

Or, you know, that it's a couple thousand years old? And in a highly tectonically active region?

Oh, and in re being able to see it from outer space? That dates back to a pulp SF novel written in 1938, long before we ever went into space.
Link The novel said it could be seen "from the Moon," but since that was proven false, "outer space" has been used instead, and is still only marginally true, as astronauts in low Earth orbit have an easier time seeing highways and skyscrapers than the Great Wall.
 
2012-08-09 01:09:27 AM  
Great Wall of China Googly Moogly
 
2012-08-09 01:14:10 AM  
I can see my house from here!
 
2012-08-09 01:15:08 AM  
Now is a good time to check the ancient myth that there is a body buried under each foot of the Great Wall.

That one's even older than the space thingy!
 
2012-08-09 01:19:34 AM  

RedPhoenix122: umadbro: [images.wikia.com image 700x450]

That's all I came here for.


Me too. Also to say, It's falling apart? What a shiatty wall.
 
2012-08-09 01:20:19 AM  
ayyy yaaaaaahhhh
 
2012-08-09 01:42:22 AM  

lemming42: [images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 565x541]

...strangely silent on the matter.

/with arms wide
//hot


Darmok and Jilad...

also...

southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com

Damn Mongorians, breaking my shiatty wall!!!
 
2012-08-09 01:59:52 AM  
千里之堤,溃于蚁穴
 
2012-08-09 02:03:33 AM  

elffster: It needs a Wal-Mart


The Forbidden City has had a Starbucks for a while now. I think they had to close it recently.

Also there is a kentucky fried chicken or some such, approximately 50 yards from the nose of the sphinx in egypt.

Note to travelers: if you spent the time and money and effort to get some place - get your ass up outta bed early in the morning and get to the tourist site about 5 or 6am, that way you are almost alone.
 
2012-08-09 02:05:37 AM  
Wow, that Ferrari did more damage than they originally thought.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-09 02:15:04 AM  

RexTalionis: Incidentally, here's a shot I took of the Great Wall at Badaling.


Breathtaking.

*adds to extensive fark picture file*

/some of my friends won't read fark but they'll knock me off of my own keyboard when they come over just to browse that folder
 
2012-08-09 02:41:38 AM  
!00ft? So that's like what? >%0.00001 of the whole damn thing?
 
2012-08-09 04:20:02 AM  
You can see it for miles. Like, it goes over the hills and stuff ....but so does the M6
 
2012-08-09 04:32:29 AM  

RexTalionis: If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin.


That would be FARKING AWESOME!!!

www.wildlifesafari.info
 
2012-08-09 05:33:08 AM  
I can't believe sheeple don't realize the government was behind that.
Giant ancient walls don't collapse that way!
;)
 
2012-08-09 06:55:39 AM  
They expect to take over the world? With that infrastructure?
 
2012-08-09 07:12:09 AM  
so rebuird
 
2012-08-09 07:59:07 AM  
major roadworks in front of the walls may have been a factor in causing the 100ft section to fall away in the early hours of the morning.


Yeah, crappy chinese construction crews. no shock there. No worries, they will build it back with lead blocks in no time.
 
2012-08-09 08:44:54 AM  

poe_zlaw: Looks like its not such the Great Wall Of China afterall. More like the Alright Wall of China seeing as how its falling down and all


The Fair to Middlin' Wall of China.

/ NOW where is Jaden Smith going to train in epic fashion?
 
2012-08-09 09:20:22 AM  
go.sky.com

You can see it for miles. Like, it goes over the hills and stuff ....but so does the M6


/ hot like Karl
 
2012-08-09 09:28:07 AM  
Total bummer. Never made it to China when I was stationed in Korea. Really wanted to see this firsthand.
 
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