Chinese tourists to Great Wall warned against climbing ‘wild’ sections during busy travel week

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Don’t stray off the beaten track.

Chinese authorities are warning tourists against escalating closed sections of the Great Wall, lest they injure themselves or cause damage to the historic site in the coming days. Those who break the rules could also face heavy fines.

The post comes just ahead of China’s upcoming Golden Week, a holiday celebrated in early October, when domestic tourism is expected to increase significantly. The country’s tourism industry as a whole is also gearing up for what could be one of its ‘busiest’ seasons, in light of the easing of restrictions on coronaviruses, according to China’s Global Times, a news outlet. state funded.

Following a temporary closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Great Wall parks were reopened in March. (Lintao Zhang / Getty Images)

“This year, the National Day lasts eight days, and the number of visitors to explore the ‘Savage Great Wall’ is set to increase,” Yu Hankuan, director of the Yanqing District Cultural Relics Administration, told Global Times.

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The prohibited sections, which are generally off-limits because they are either too steep, have not been restored, or are not structurally sound, are said to attract thousands of explorers and tourists each year, many of whom refer to these sections as the Wall. . “

Anyone caught violating the warrants and observed climbing prohibited sections of the wall will be subject to fines. (Su Dan / China News Service via Getty Images)

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However, anyone caught doing so faces fines of 200 to 30,000 yuan (between $ 29 and $ 4,400).

Additional patrollers are also deployed to sections of the Yanquig District Wall to report any such behavior.

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Parts of the Great Wall were also closed to tourists earlier this year, near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, although some of those sections partially began to reopen in March.

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