Thursday, October 26, 2006

No more parties at the Great Wall

Thinking of raving the night away at the Great Wall of China? Too bad. China has decided to ban rave parties and other activities that will harm its Great Wall. From China Daily:
Organizing activities on sections of the Great Wall not open to tourists or carving names, digging out soil or bricks and planting trees anywhere along the Wall will be deemed illegal from December 1, according to the first set of rules to protect the Wall nationwide.

The regulation, which was made public on the website of the central government on Tuesday, also bans driving vehicles, building unauthorised structures or any other activities that may cause harm to the Wall.

Anyone violating the regulation faces fines of up to 50,000 yuan (US$6,250), while institutions can be fined as much as 500,000 yuan (US$62,500).

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