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Tourists "pissing" on the Great Wall of China

Images showing dozens of tourists sleeping on the Great Wall of China have infuriated Chinese Web users. One of them blames the authorities, who he says, are easily corrupted by bribes.

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Images showing dozens of tourists sleeping on the Great Wall of China have infuriated Chinese Web users. One of them blames the authorities who, he says, are easily corrupted by bribes.

The photos, taken on August 3, were posted on various Chinese forums, causing outrage amongst concerned Wall-lovers. Camping is banned on the wall, but as these images prove, the law is not enforced.

These photos were originally posted on the bbs.123 forum along with the following comment, entitled "Angry! Foreigners eating, drinking, shitting, pissing and sleeping on the Great Wall!" Originally translated into English by chinaSMACK.

On the night of August 3, about 100 foreign tourists stayed overnight on the Great Wall. Just their tents and sleeping bags alone required a truck in order to be transported up the mountain, and the Jinshanling management granted clearance, pretending to be ignorant. Looks like ‘Protecting the Great Wall and tourism environment' doesn't compare to a tempting bribe.

What's more, this kind of thing happened just two days after a newspaper published an investigative report on the problem of illegal overnight stays on the Great Wall! These people just cannot wait to earn money! It's clear that both the management and individual bosses are in collusion with each other like snakes and rats living together in a nest!

Since 2003 people have been setting up one-night ‘hotels' for tourists, renting sleeping bags to foreign tourists at a price of 400-500 Yuan (€50) per person. This reporter was told by Luanping County Great Wall Management that people used to be allowed to stay for one night on the Great Wall, but had to pay 100 Yuan (€10) per person and the 50 Yuan (€50) entrance fee, but that it is no longer allowed. Yet, there are still foreign tourists living on the Great Wall.

Many of those coming to the 4A-level Jinshanling Great Wall scenic area [the area graded the most historically valuable] are foreign tourists. After arriving at Jinshanling Great Wall, there are people on the sides hawking sleeping bags for personal profit. Jinshanling Great Wall itself is an area susceptible to lightning, and in the past there have been incidents of tourists being struck by lightning! When I think of the Brit William Lindesay leading a group of foreigners picking up trash on this portion of the Great Wall, doing everything to protect the Great Wall for 20 years, I don't know whose faces should be redder, foreigners or Chinese..."

Campers enjoying the highly valued Jinshangling section

Photos posted on bbs.123.com.