Empty gin and whisky bottles, crumpled beer cans and tattered food boxes are piled up after a rave in China— perhaps not so unusual, except that the garbage is on the fabled Great Wall. The filthy remains of a full-moon techno party, which drew several hundred foreigners to one of the sections of the wall at Badaling, about 60 kilometres from Beijing, left tourists sad. “It’s very bad for the environment,” said Francisco Garcia, a Columbian.
“We’ve found nails in the Wall, put there by campers,” said Wang Xuenong, former curator of the Shanhaiguan section of the Wall, and a Tsinghua University lecturer.
William Lindesay, a Briton who has spent nearly a quarter-century working on wall conservation, says, “People are relieving themselves all over it and leaving their garbage,” adding, “It’s a story of disappearing history. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”