Great Wall of China Collapses

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A recently restored section of the Great Wall of China has collapsed, prompting much soul-searching as to how modern Chinese construction techniques could not keep standing for 2 decades what had previously stood for centuries.

The collapse occurred on 36m section of the Great Wall running through Hebei province suddenly one morning, shaking the adjacent town.

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The section in question reportedly underwent major restoration work in 1995, and upon its completion in 1996 it was hailed as “returning the wall to its traditional splendour.”

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Local authorities have acknowledged it was the restored section which fell down, blaming heavy rains for weakening its foundations and causing structural weaknesses.

However, with the adjoining unrestored sections completely intact even after centuries, a certain amount of scepticism has attached to the quality of both their workmanship and ongoing oversight.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    I find that common problem with china infrastructure today is the lack of adequate foundation

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    I would say it's more a lack of adequate materials as garbage is commonly not first class building material...

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    Comment by Riiku
    21:46 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I would say it's either:

    1. A lack of brains
    2. A lack of honesty and greed

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    Comment by Chen-04
    01:37 18/11/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you mean a lack of (honesty and greed)
    Or dou you mean a (lack of honesty) and greed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They just need to use the top quality materials like the emperor did back in the day....dead bodies >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's magic glue after 200 years of gluing stuff together.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No! Isnt it obvious the Aliens built it. No human could have made the great wall. If we cant make it now how could they in the past. just like the pyramids

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to agree, when you have fake pills filled with lead, copied movies, counterfeit everything, maybe one place to not be cheap is what was once a monument.

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    Comment by Imyou
    08:05 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah. I may not know what I'm talking about, but I suspect this is a symptom of the extremely lax enforcement of laws (or lack of laws) about counterfeit and shoddy goods. Sure, it lets them cheaply flood the rest of the world with fake products in return for real money, but then when it comes time to build something that really counts, who can say they're really using proper materials? They'd have to establish a separate closed infrastructure to build everything independently and audit it to ensure no corruption or shortchanging had taken place - EVERY SINGLE TIME they wanted to do something serious.

    I figured there would be special punishments for those who would defraud a government project, but I suppose who is to say the suppliers even know the products they're moving aren't legit? And if they did know, are they still around to be held accountable or have they just changed name and location?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, China has laws about this shit. The problem is that most times, the public officials are corrupt and taking kickbacks to overlook this shit.

    China needs to start executing public officials who are found to be taking bribes. Hell, America needs to start doing that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't really matter, a lack of proper foundation is still entirely preventable so China fails so hard here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember the garbage bridge article. Who the hell in this world make a bridge from a garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    People who don't have to cross that bridge after completion.

    The German dude

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    cost sensitive people?

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    Comment by Miroku74
    09:41 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm pretty sure Beijing was rocked by an earthquake from all the unmarked or marked graves having their contents roll over simultaneously from this travesty.

    The loss of Confucianism due to Mao and Friends was a severe blow to that once much more highly respected country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not to fimilliar with the origianl construction of the Great Wall but it looks like it was just filld with dirt and briks were laid around it. I thought it war solid constrution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is supposed to be solid construction on some sections, they pound the dirt layer by layer repeatedly until it hardens

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    rammed earth is strong as fuck its really solid unless high humidity gets inside of it tho it'll fall apart pretty easily

    which is why we still have tons of centuries old buildings still on this planet

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:36 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This is the difference between thousands of (mostly forced labor) man hours and a government contract that probably went to the lowest bidder.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's solid unless high humidity gets inside of it you say. They did say that heavy rains was a factor of it's collaps.

    I'm beggining to think that they just dumped the dirt there and diddn't bother to compact it at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 09/08/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    I find that a common problem with those filthy Americans is their obesity and lack of intelligence.

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    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    06:16 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    you sound mad about something...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, but at least our construction stands the test of time.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "Yeah, but at least our construction stands the test of time."

    Until you fly a plane into it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    you sound racist

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The only person here who is filty, obese, and lack of intelligence is you

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    Comment by HouseLife

    Well, no, we are a pretty obese and stupid society in general. Thankfully that is coming to light even within our borders and steadily things are being done to make people more aware. But if that's a Chinese person's defense when their own nation's flaws are mentioned, then China not only builds dangerous trash that puts their people at risk, but also are children about it and lack the honor to take responsibility for their failures. Whether we do the same or not, it just means they're no better than those they hate.

    I hope this article's wording is true to be honest. I hope their nation watching the structure that represents their longevity, strength, and precision being ruined by their own hands will be a spiritual awakening for them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @05:15 - Aww, you made bro? Seriously, you mad? Sounds like you are mad about something... I wonder if it's seeing a historical landmark that was once something to brag about, being reduced to shadow of it's former self because your country can't create anything without it either A) exploding or B) completely destroying itself in some way.

    I do feel sorry for you. I mean how on earth can a modern restoration project be constructed so horribly that the rest of the wall which is hundreds of years older, can still stand even today? While said restoration project has crumbled in 1/10th of the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    But, Isn't the obesity on a rise in China?

    Not to mention their laughable constructions...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Careful, your penis might explode.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Must be, I porked a Chinese fattie from Singapore. Only thing memorable about it was being able to cum inside her all I wanted. The fat slut was infertile.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No no no. The common problem with those dirty barbarians is that they all fail in life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    same can be said to you and most of the community in sankaku.

    haters gonna hate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like somebody is really insecure about something. Well haters gonna hate anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    DAMN YOU MONGOLIANS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They broke down your shitty wall...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually they never took the wall, they bribed one of the gate town officials to open the doors to them :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I thought they just went around it and came from the direction the wall wasn't protecting from...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coast to uh coast?
    Does that mean it reaches from the shores and turns back to the shores somehow?

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    Comment by Alcadias
    11:23 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @10:51

    My history isn't perfect, but no. It starts at the coast on China's northern boarder and goes completely around its territory and ends at the coast on the southern boarder. Though I may be mistaken, I think the walls continued along the water for awhile too.

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    Comment by Alcadias
    09:52 10/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @16:58

    I see, my history does indeed suck. Though I've actually never seen a map of China. But as they say "Assuming makes an ass out of you and me." I'll make sure to look up the answer next time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Er..no. It begins at the northern end of the Yellow Sea and heads roughly west along the Mongolian border. It neither encircled all of China's territory nor returned to the sea.

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    Comment by Alcadias
    07:19 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, the wall is quite successful, stretching from coast to coast, all around China's borders.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >bribed gate official
    why does this not surprise me?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Bribing government officials is a global thing. But at least it's illegal in America."

    Gotta love how you default to that poor argument, face it, America is probably the most corrupt nation on the face of the Earth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because bribing officials is a common practice here in the U.S

    Especially government officials.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bribing officials is as old as mankind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bribing government officials is a global thing. But at least it's illegal in America.

    Comment by Anonymous

    South Park Quote. nice, nice... :)

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    Comment by Cabulb
    04:42 09/08/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It collapsed because the foundations had no corpses of slaves to hold it

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    no they rebuilt it and one of the bricks exploded

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 09/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oooo, Miku gone mad, i like it :)






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