China turns to crowdfunding for the restoration of their Great Wall

Heritage officials have launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for restoration work on the Great Wall of China.

More than 16,000 people have donated online since the campaign started at the end of August of 2016, raising almost 300,000 yuan ($45,000; £34,000) so far.

It’s being run by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation, a state-supervised body, which says the wall is in serious need of repair.

Work on the wall began more than 2,000 years ago, but much of what visitors see today was constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

The foundation says that of more than 6,250km (3883 miles) built during that era, a third has disappeared. It’s hoping to raise 11m yuan ($1.7m; £1.2m) by 1 December.

So far, the Tencent Charity Foundation (the organization behind WeChat) has donated 10 million yuan, and the first crowdfunding round is seeking 11 million yuan.

So far, the initiative has successfully secured over 70,000 yuan. It is set to close on November 30, 2016.

Photo by Storm Cunningham.

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