A worker inspecting a restored part of the Great Wall in Xiangshuihu in Huairou District, on the outskirts of Beijing. AFP / Fred DUFOUR
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Mules, tools and old bricks: Rebuilding China's Great WallNature, time, neglect and millions of footsteps have taken their toll on the Great Wall of China leaving much of it crumbling, but repairing it can be painstaking -- and controversial -- work. Nearly 6,300 kilometers, including the Jiankou section, were built in the Ming Dynasty of 1368-1644 .In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometers, depending on whether missing sections are included.To protect the relic, authorities in the heavily visited Badaling section of the wall decided to cap visits to 65,000 people per day from June 1 .
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