One of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Great Wall of China, is in dire need of repair. So much so, that a crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help restore the well known wall to its former glory!
Set up by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation, the crowdfunding campaign aims to raise enough to restore the Xifengkou section of the Great Wall of China,
Running for 13,000 miles, the wall was built over hundreds of years, primarily during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD). During this time over 3883 miles of wall were erected, however today 1/3 of that has disappeared.
Enter crowdfunding: organizing the campaign, Dong Yaohui says that the Chinese government is unable to significantly contribute to protecting the wall due to lack of funds. The Great Wall of China, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been subjected over the years to both natural and man-made erosion, with wind, rain, theft and agriculture all playing a part in the wall’s diminishing size.
The popular site is one of China’s most visited tourist attractions, receiving over 10.5 million visitors a year.
It is hoped that the crowdfunding effort will raise 11m yuan ($1.7m; £1.2m) by 1 December.