Icy Great Wall of China becomes Great Fall of China
This is the moment tourists slip and slide their way along the Great Wall of China after a hazardous layer of ice formed on the site’s stony surface. The incident took place on an unspecified stretch of the huge 13,170-mile landmark located in northern China and was filmed by onlookers and shared on social media. In the footage, a young woman is seen sliding on her bum down a stony slope to her laughing friend, who had also fallen over. Meanwhile, dozens of people cling onto the handrails to prevent them from sliding down the incline. In the next scene, scores of people are seen trying to walk up the icy slope with many of them edging themselves along the handrails at either side of the wall. According to local media, snowfall in the region formed a thin and perilous layer of ice on the stones, making conditions difficult for visitors to the ancient site. The Great Wall of China, a series of fortifications built along an east-to-west line across the northern Chinese border, protected the state from nomadic invaders from the north. Several walls were built as early as the 7th century BC and they were later joined and expanded by Qin Shi Huang (220 to 206 BC), the first Emperor of China. Later on, many successive dynasties repaired and built multiple stretches of border walls. The most well-known of these were built during the Ming Dynasty of 1368 to 1644.