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China sets up fund to protect Great Wall

Updated: Sep 2,2014 9:43 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING - China Culture Relics Protection Foundation established a special fund on Sept 1 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 Sept 1. 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.