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Great Wall restoration goes back to basics

Traditional methods are now being used to repair China's best-known landmark

The dirt road leading to the Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China stops about 1,300m from the summit.

Here, at the start of a windy mountain track, the only way up is on foot. Bricks and sacks of mortar are loaded on a pack of mules, which trudge up towards the ridge.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'Great Wall restoration goes back to basics'. Print Edition | Subscribe