It took 2,500 years, but China finally made it illegal to deface the Great Wall. Fines for violating the ban can reach RMB500,000 and include such lewd behavior as "graffiti, carving, planting trees, plundering and driving vehicles". Too bad they didn’t make plundering a felony back in Genghis Kahn’s time – paying that fine would have taken all the horses in Mongolia!
Seriously (sort of) the authorities are worried about the erosion of the Wall’s integrity, as well as the structure itself. The occasional all-night rave parties that gather at the Wall are a likely target for shutdown. Apparently, some party-goers were (horror!) peeing on the Wall, no doubt in the fits of drug-induced madness.
Well, at least American skateboarding legend Danny Way already jumped the Wall last year. Such stunts may now join the ranks of the Mongol Empire in the dustbin of history.
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