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China sets up fund to protect Great Wall

Updated: 2014-09-02 08:00

China sets up fund to protect Great Wall

Chinese and foreign tourists visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China just outside of Beijing on July 8, 2014. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING - China Culture Relics Protection Foundation established a special fund on Monday in a bid to better finance the protection of the Great Wall.

The fund raised about 18.2 million yuan ($2.9 million) from donations on Monday. A committee was set up to manage the money.

The Great Wall, with a total length of 21,196 kilometers, is one of China's most iconic landmarks.

The aging world heritage site is confronted with pressing challenges including a lack of protection staff and most notably a shortage of renovation money in some undeveloped regions.

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