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China allows area for graffiti on Great Wall

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chinese authorities have established a designated graffiti area on the Great Wall in efforts to curb tourists from further damaging the ancient monument, Chinese media reported.

The graffiti area, in the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, is located in Huairou district, 70 km northeast of central Beijing, China Daily reported.

"As many tourists like to carve words on buildings, we will develop the graffiti writing area as a new scenic spot of Mutianyu," director of the Mutianyu administration office told China's official Xinhua news agency.

Lots of newly carved graffiti has already appeared in the section, the agency said.

The administration office said that two more areas will be designated for graffiti. An electronic graffiti wall is also being considered.

Electronic walls have proved popular in China. Last year, three were set up at Yellow Crane Tower Park, in Wuhan, to tackle the same problem, The Guardian reported.

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