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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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2012-08-08 06:55:52 PM  
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2012-08-08 07:10:03 PM  
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.
 
2012-08-08 07:15:21 PM  
Wow. You'd think they'd take better care of that.
 
2012-08-08 08:15:44 PM  

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.


Well just cause YOU can't see it from space...
or
"one of the" as in 'not the only', but it's still a shortish list in daylight.
or
is it the materials list you have issue with?
 
2012-08-08 08:26:08 PM  
It's times like these that the Krazy Glue helmet guy needs to come out of retirement.
 
2012-08-08 08:26:14 PM  

sno man: Well just cause YOU can't see it from space...
or
"one of the" as in 'not the only', but it's still a shortish list in daylight.
or
is it the materials list you have issue with?


The cliche is that the Great Wal is the only thing visible from space, however, that's not true in two ways:

1) With the naked eye, you can't see the Great Wall. The great wall is really really thin. I've been on it. It's like 15 feet wide at the most. No way a naked human eye can pick up something 10 feet wide from space.

2) If we're talking about aided vision (i.e. telescopes, imaging devices), then almost anything can be seen from space - for example, witness Google Earth.
 
2012-08-08 08:27:41 PM  
i1212.photobucket.com

Incidentally, here's a shot I took of the Great Wall at Badaling.
 
2012-08-08 08:30:02 PM  

sno man: 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.

Well just cause YOU can't see it from space...
or
"one of the" as in 'not the only', but it's still a shortish list in daylight.
or
is it the materials list you have issue with?


According to Google Earth, you can see my car from space. Or from a really nosy plane. I'm not sure.
 
2012-08-08 08:37:32 PM  

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.


That's what happens when people get their news from The Daily Mail. Crap all around.
 
2012-08-08 08:38:50 PM  

RexTalionis: [i1212.photobucket.com image 850x477]

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


Beautiful.
It's on my list, a few from the top but on non the less.

and yea narrow, but long, I'm sure I've seen a non magnified pic from, dunno, maybe one of the shuttle missions...
off to the googles....
 
2012-08-08 08:44:28 PM  
When 2000 years old you reach, look as good, you will not
 
2012-08-08 08:56:49 PM  
i.dailymail.co.uk

The iconic square-shaped lookout towers that form the most famous images of the wall have disappeared completely.

I dunno. There seems to be one right there, up and to the right, up and to the right . . .
 
2012-08-08 08:59:50 PM  
Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

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2012-08-08 09:05:07 PM  

rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.


I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.
 
2012-08-08 09:12:43 PM  
 
2012-08-08 09:13:25 PM  

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.


It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.
 
2012-08-08 09:15:21 PM  

rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.

It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.


I don't mind the cold - I spent that winter wearing nothing but jeans, a sweater and my black trenchcoat.
 
2012-08-08 09:20:01 PM  

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.

It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.

I don't mind the cold - I spent that winter wearing nothing but jeans, a sweater and my black trenchcoat.


I think I would have preferred the cold, though my Great Wall experience is colored by the fact that I came down with a cold promptly upon arriving in China so my asthma was going crazy trying to climb the thing.
 
2012-08-08 09:29:05 PM  

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


And I bet he was really squinting, too.
 
2012-08-08 09:29:13 PM  

rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.

It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.

I don't mind the cold - I spent that winter wearing nothing but jeans, a sweater and my black trenchcoat.

I think I would have preferred the cold, though my Great Wall experience is colored by the fact that I came down with a cold promptly upon arriving in China so my asthma was going crazy trying to climb the thing.


Oh, yeah, that's no good. The climb is like a cardiovascular nightmare.
 
2012-08-08 09:32:20 PM  

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Well, if this is going to be the thread where we post our pictures of the Great Wall, then here are some from Badaling.

I went in the dead of winter. It was like 10 degrees F when I took my picture. The hillside was brown.

It was about 95 F and just totally miserable when I was there. I don't know which is worse, the heat or the cold.

I don't mind the cold - I spent that winter wearing nothing but jeans, a sweater and my black trenchcoat.

I think I would have preferred the cold, though my Great Wall experience is colored by the fact that I came down with a cold promptly upon arriving in China so my asthma was going crazy trying to climb the thing.

Oh, yeah, that's no good. The climb is like a cardiovascular nightmare.


If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos
 
2012-08-08 09:39:44 PM  

rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos


If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.
 
2012-08-08 09:46:20 PM  

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos

If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.


Hmm, that might be nice, that and helicopter are about the only methods of transport that I've never done.
 
2012-08-08 09:48:50 PM  

rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos

If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.

Hmm, that might be nice, that and helicopter are about the only methods of transport that I've never done.


Camelback? Dog sled? Hydrofoil? Cross-country snowshoeing? HALO jumps? Hypersonic jet?
 
2012-08-08 09:52:33 PM  

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: RexTalionis: rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.

/saw a woman climbing in stilettos

If you're willing to pay a fee, I'm sure you can hire someone to carry you to the top on a palanquin. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.

Hmm, that might be nice, that and helicopter are about the only methods of transport that I've never done.

Camelback? Dog sled? Hydrofoil? Cross-country snowshoeing? HALO jumps? Hypersonic jet?


Ok, maybe I've left a few out. I have traveled by hydrofoil though.
 
2012-08-08 09:53:26 PM  

rynthetyn: Ok, maybe I've left a few out. I have traveled by hydrofoil though.


Neat.
 
2012-08-08 09:59:11 PM  

RexTalionis: rynthetyn: Ok, maybe I've left a few out. I have traveled by hydrofoil though.

Neat.


The high speed ferries in Greece are hydrofoils, they're not terribly scenic though.
 
2012-08-08 11:12:41 PM  

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


That's all I came here for.
 
2012-08-08 11:35:58 PM  
"Sappy" tag out visiting the damage?


/obscure?
 
2012-08-08 11:42:39 PM  
Just get Superman to to rebuild it with his rebuild a wall vision
 
2012-08-08 11:45:45 PM  
Noone REALLY believed that wall would stay up til the end of time without maintenance, did they?
 
2012-08-08 11:46:21 PM  

sno man: not the pic I was looking for but the description covers my point...

"The Great Wall of China, as seen from the space shuttle. Contrary to popular belief, an unaided viewer cannot see it from the moon. One shuttle astronaut said, "We can see things as small as airport runways, [but] the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180*miles up." An Apollo astronaut said no human structures were visible at a distance of a few thousand miles. And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."


* the ballbark of the height of a typical shuttle flight.


maybe he wasn't squinting hard enough to see it
 
2012-08-08 11:47:21 PM  

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. At Paishan, I saw an old man get carried to the top by two guys with a palanquin.


This is actually how the Mongol hordes got past it. They just paid the guards a fee.
Corrupt China hasn't changed that much.
 
2012-08-08 11:47:57 PM  
FARK YOU MONGORIAN!!
 
2012-08-08 11:48:30 PM  
In fairness, building codes were crap when that went up.
 
2012-08-08 11:48:36 PM  
This is what happens when Chinese Olympic hurdlers try to hurdle the wall.
 
2012-08-08 11:48:38 PM  
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,



Blatant stupidity becomes truth if repeated enough, right?
 
2012-08-08 11:49:26 PM  
Cheaply made Chinese crap, as usual.

USA! USA!
 
2012-08-08 11:50:40 PM  
This sounds like one of those Southwest commercials, "Wanna get away?"
 
2012-08-08 11:56:35 PM  
I thought Reagan tore down that wall. That's what my Kansas high school science book "Jesus and Reagan; How the Gods made the universe by inventing America" said.
 
2012-08-08 11:58:10 PM  
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
 
2012-08-08 11:58:31 PM  

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

And I bet he was really squinting, too.


media.nscdn.com
 
2012-08-08 11:58:41 PM  

sno man: not the pic I was looking for but the description covers my point...

"The Great Wall of China, as seen from the space shuttle. Contrary to popular belief, an unaided viewer cannot see it from the moon. One shuttle astronaut said, "We can see things as small as airport runways, [but] the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180*miles up." An Apollo astronaut said no human structures were visible at a distance of a few thousand miles. And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."


* the ballbark of the height of a typical shuttle flight.


Ballpark? Heresy. Here in 'Merica we measure things in football fields and Rhode Islands
 
2012-08-08 11:59:20 PM  
Too soon?

www.strangebeaver.com
Hot
 
2012-08-09 12:00:39 AM  
It needs a Wal-Mart
 
2012-08-09 12:01:35 AM  

rynthetyn: If I go back to China and go to the Great Wall, I'm doing months of stadium stair running first. And some of the non-touristy parts of the Wall that you pass on the way to Badaling are so much steeper.


Visited the Great Wall as a side excursion on a school sports trip. Our teacher/chaperon decided Badaling was too touristy and we should go see something a bit more 'pristine.'

The Good: Very few tourists, virtually no people at all. Nobody trying to sell you crap. Beautiful, steep section of the wall.
The Bad: Two of the few people there were there came up to us -- a dozen high school kids, half of whom were Caucasian-as-all-hell, and a couple adults -- and tried to shake us down for money. There were threats implied and nobody in the area to witness a roughing-up, so we made a pretty terrifying retreat.
 
2012-08-09 12:03:26 AM  
i164.photobucket.com

"Country clubs and cemeteries are the biggest wasters of prime real estate! Dead people? They dont need buried nowadays. Ecology, right? Ask Wang. Hell tell you. We just bought property behind the Great Wall. On the good side!"
 
2012-08-09 12:04:39 AM  
That's quite the gaping hole!!


heh heh, gaping hole
 
2012-08-09 12:06:32 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: sno man: not the pic I was looking for but the description covers my point...

"The Great Wall of China, as seen from the space shuttle. Contrary to popular belief, an unaided viewer cannot see it from the moon. One shuttle astronaut said, "We can see things as small as airport runways, [but] the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180*miles up." An Apollo astronaut said no human structures were visible at a distance of a few thousand miles. And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."


* the ballbark of the height of a typical shuttle flight.

Ballpark? Heresy. Here in 'Merica we measure things in football fields and Rhode Islands


lol, fine... less than a half a Rhode Island...
 
2012-08-09 12:08:47 AM  
Looks like the ChiComs have shovel ready stimulous plans like the USA's.
 
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.
 
2012-08-09 09:59:14 AM  

BigNumber12: Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,
Still one of the only man made objects visible from space,


Blatant stupidity becomes truth if repeated enough, right?


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I see a couple of million of them right there...
 
2012-08-09 10:28:57 AM  

ManRay: [go.sky.com image 450x250]

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


/ hot like Karl


i've always wanted to ride a Segway on the wall (not really i'd probably run cause my body fat is 34%)
 
2012-08-09 10:44:08 AM  

JustinCase: 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.


No Starbucks in the Forbidden City, there was, however, a basketball court set up there when I was there a month and a half ago.

You're right about getting to tourist places super-early. You either have to do that or arrive just before closing to beat the crowds. When I went to Angkor Wat I dragged myself out to get there at 5 am for the sunrise, then had all of the main sites almost entirely to myself.
 
2012-08-09 10:52:31 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: i've always wanted to ride a Segway on the wall (not really i'd probably run cause my body fat is 34%)


Well, you can't, because the whole thing is essentially a lot of stairs. And we're talking steep stairs, too, like each step is a foot high kind of stairs.
 
2012-08-09 11:19:25 AM  

Allen262: FriarReb98: sno man: And - most tellingly - Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei couldn't see it at all."

And I bet he was really squinting, too.

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i love you fark
 
2012-08-09 11:30:32 AM  
Jerry Lee Lewis not available for commen...Wait, Great WALLS...nevermind.
 
2012-08-09 12:54:28 PM  
This is only a bit off topic:

I remember reading a long time ago that one of the Great Wall architects drew up plans for one of the forts along the wall and ordered exactly how many bricks he would need to complete the project. The Emperor (whoever it was at the time) insisted he order more bricks as he was sure there was no way the architect could be so precise. So he ordered one extra brick and at the end of the project, mounted the extra brick right over the entrance.

Sounds like BS folklore or something. Anyone familiar with the story? I'd love a source to read up on it a bit.
 
2012-08-09 01:05:38 PM  
When you think about it, that dirt that was used to fill the wall hasn't seen the light of day for centuries.
 
2012-08-09 04:51:01 PM  

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.


This really, really bothers me. I used to travel to China fairly regularly, and whenever it would come up in conversation, some jackass would chime in saying that. No. No you can't. You can barely see it from the plane. If you could see the great wall from space, you'd also be able to see every road and every river. And you can't.

Please stop making the world dumber.
 
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