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Jun 21, 2017

Rebuilding The Great Wall Of China

Rebuilding The Great Wall Of China

For more than a decade, mules have been crucial in the effort to restore Jiankou, a serpentine section of the Great Wall of China that is notorious for its ridges and perilous slopes.

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People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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An engineer points to the line between old (L) and newly built parts of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Workers carry their tools and belongings as they climb down the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A man smokes a cigarette whilst working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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People rest after working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Cheng Yongmao, the engineer in charge of the reconstruction project on the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, looks as the sun rises over the wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A bird flies over the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Vegetation grows over parts of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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An airplane flies over the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A cameraman documenting the reconstruction project of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, films as the sun rises over the wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A man walks behind a mule carrying bricks up the steep path towards the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. "The path is too steep and the mountains are too high, so bricks can only be transported by mules," said local mule owner Cao Xinhua. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Mules carry bricks and other construction material up the steep path towards the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. "The path is too steep and the mountains are too high, so bricks can only be transported by mules," said local mule owner Cao Xinhua. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A worker unloads bricks from mules at the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. "The path is too steep and the mountains are too high, so bricks can only be transported by mules," said local mule owner Cao Xinhua. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A mule decorated with red tassels carries bricks and other construction materials up the steep path towards the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. "The path is too steep and the mountains are too high, so bricks can only be transported by mules," said local mule owner Cao Xinhua. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A worker waits for bricks and other construction materials to be delivered on the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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People wait for bricks and other equipment to be delivered as they work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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People work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A man rests while working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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People rest after working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A man takes a break from work on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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People pause from working on the reconstruction of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China, June 7, 2017. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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