Hongji Landbridge Investment Development Inc., a construction firm in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was slapped with a 500,000 yuan (US$63,776) fine for deliberately damaging the Great Wall, according to the local cultural heritage protection bureau. The company began building a highway through a section of the Great Wall in Ulanqab City in March without government approval.
Cultural heritage protection officials revealed the company refused to halt construction even after warnings and suggestions that they change the course, excavate channels, or set up viaducts.
Wang Dafang, an official with the regional cultural heritage bureau, said this blithe and reckless construction led to the demolition of large sections of the Great Wall as well as three ancient villages under government protection.[Full Text]