Behold! One of mankind’s new modern wonders of the world — the Great Wall of Concrete.
Each year, millions of tourists visit the Great Wall of China, primarily at its more tastefully renovated sections like at Badaling or Jiankou. However, the 9,000 kilometer wall is also known for its “wild” sections that are the favorites of photographers because of their striking and crumbling natural beauty.
But, apparently, not the favorites of local officials who recently paved over one 700-year-old section in rural and picturesque Liaoning province. The local Cultural Relics Bureau of Suizhong county approved the renovation and has since defended it as “reasonable and lawful maintenance” reasoning that the section of the wall was in danger of collapse from heavy rains, Sina reports.
Though the bureau failed to explain why exactly it was necessary to “save” the wall by filling it in and then paving it over with cement like it was pot-holed road.
Likely, they were surprised that the issue had come up at all, because apparently the changes to the section of the wall had been made back in 2014. Earlier this week, some photos of the cemented over wall went viral on Chinese social media with netizens writing in to voice their utter disgust.
“These guys should be invited to work on the Forbidden City next,” one Weibo user joked.
“Turn the Great Wall into a highway, why didn’t our ancestors think of that?” wrote another.
“Glad Venus de Milo is not in China, or someone would get her a new arm,” commented one user, according to CNN.
Seriously, how is Matt Damon supposed to hold off the hordes of monsters from there?
[Images via Sina / Weibo]