Culture | Simple tools, tradition and mules crucial in Great Wall rebuild

Simple tools, tradition and mules crucial in Great Wall rebuild

Thousands of years since it was built, China's artisans are restoring its natural beauty in a major preservation project

June 25, 2017 7:00 AM (UTC+8)
  • A cameraman documenting the reconstruction project of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, films as the sun rises. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A cameraman documenting the reconstruction project of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, films as the sun rises. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • A man rests while working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A man rests while working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • Mules carry bricks and other construction material up the steep path towards the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    Mules carry bricks and other construction material up the steep path towards the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • Workers carry their tools and belongings as they climb down the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    Workers carry their tools and belongings as they climb down the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • A worker waits for bricks and other construction materials to be delivered on the Jiankou section. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A worker waits for bricks and other construction materials to be delivered on the Jiankou section. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • People pause from working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    People pause from working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • A man takes a break from work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A man takes a break from work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • People rest after working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    People rest after working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • A worker unloads bricks from mules at the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A worker unloads bricks from mules at the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • A mule decorated with red tassels carries bricks and other construction materials up the steep path toward the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A mule decorated with red tassels carries bricks and other construction materials up the steep path toward the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • People wait for bricks and other equipment to be delivered as they work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    People wait for bricks and other equipment to be delivered as they work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • A man walks behind a mule carrying bricks up the steep path towards the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A man walks behind a mule carrying bricks up the steep path towards the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • Vegetation grows over parts of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    Vegetation grows over parts of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • A bird flies over the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A bird flies over the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • Cheng Yongmao, the engineer in charge of the reconstruction project on the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, looks as the sun rises. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    Cheng Yongmao, the engineer in charge of the reconstruction project on the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, looks as the sun rises. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • People rest after working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    People rest after working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • A man smokes a cigarette whilst working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    A man smokes a cigarette whilst working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • An engineer points to the line between old (L) and newly built parts of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    An engineer points to the line between old (L) and newly built parts of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • An airplane flies over the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    An airplane flies over the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
  • Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
    Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
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