A regulation, promulgated by the State Council, Chinese Cabinet, forbids taking soil or bricks from the Great Wall, planting trees, carving on the wall or building anything on the wall that is not designed to protect it.
It bans the use of vehicles on the wall and the holding of activities on sections not open to tourists. Individuals who breach the regulations are subject to fines of 10,000 to 50,000 yuan ($1,250 to $6,250) and institutions 50,000 to 500,000 yuan ($6,250 to $62,500). [Full Text]
Related article: “China’s Great Wall cries over wayward graffiti” from China Daily, which says, “The Great Wall has been suffering this graphic damage for many years. Now – according to a Xinhua News Agency report, Saturday – the Association for the Great Wall and the management of the Great Wall at Badaling have initiated a joint campaign to curb the graffiti vice and also invite proposals as to how the wall can best be patched and repaired so as to better protect this World Heritage site.”