MIL-OSI China: Youth forum explores innovative ways to protect Great Wall heritage

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Source: China State Council Information Office 2

Participants attend a youth forum on the Great Wall in Yanqing , Beijing, June 7, 2024. [Photo by Yuan Yi]
China should enhance its protection of the Great Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, through more innovative and collaborative approaches, according to a youth forum held on June 7 in Beijing’s northwestern Yanqing district, home to the Badaling section of the Great Wall.
The youth forum, part of this year’s Beijing Great Wall Cultural Festival, brought together experts and scholars to discuss methods of protecting the Great Wall and promoting its cultural heritage. The forum emphasized the importance of youth involvement in preserving the Great Wall, as young people are at the forefront of innovation.
Zhao Chen, president of the China Great Wall Research Institute, presented his digital project, which has digitalized and archived representative sections of the Great Wall. The project allows people to take virtual tours of the Great Wall and access expert commentary on its history through mobile devices.
Forum participants agreed that the Great Wall, a representative symbol of the Chinese nation and civilization, requires common responsibility, especially youth participation, to pass on this historical and cultural heritage.
The Great Wall, one of China’s world heritage sites and the largest man-made project, is a series of ancient fortifications built in northern China. Like a gigantic dragon, it winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains, and plateaus, stretching approximately 21,196 kilometers from west to east in China. Badaling is the most representative and magnificent section of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644).

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