China hopes to condense Great Wall graffiti by assigning specific sections to be used for public etching. The Mutianyu section is the first chosen to be an area for the artistry, as it was already heavily graffitied from tourists. Two more areas are said to be in the works for assignment: fighting towers five and ten.
The Great Wall attracts millions of people a year and graffiti of all languages is usually seen on the dated stones. The original wall goes back to the seventh century, but the section in Zhangjiakou was rebuilt more than 500 years ago. In efforts to preserve the wall, officials thought this would be an innovative method.
Chinese authorities are reportedly also considering using touch-screens graffiti areas. These are much better solutions than what they came up with in 2006 where tourists could pay $160 to write on a fake wall.
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