Chinese Officials Capping Visitors to Part of Great Wall

Chinese officials are capping the number of daily visitors to the most popular section of the Great Wall.

Beginning June 1, the government will allow just 65,000 tourists and locals to visit the Badaling portion of the Wall, which is just outside its most popular and populated city of Beijing.

“The number of tourists visiting the Badaling Great Wall Scenic Area is enormous,” Chen Fei, deputy director of the Badaling District Office, told Radio Beijing Corporation.

Last year, 10 million people visited that part of the Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s not so much the total number of visitors—based on that 10 million number, the average daily visitors works out to just over 27,000 per day—but the imbalance.

On some weekdays, the Badaling section averages 10,000 visitors a day; on weekends and holidays, that number can push 100,000.

To keep the number of tourists to a reasonable amount, beginning immediately admission tickets must be pre-purchased up to seven days in advance.

There will also be a three-tiered warning system implemented to stem the congestion level at Badaling—yellow flags mean there are up to 39,000 visitors in one day, orange is for 52,000 on the wall and red means peak capacity of 65,000.

The new initiatives are meant to not only improve visitor safety but to preserve one of the oldest structures in the world. The Great Wall of China is more than 2,300 years old in some spots and more than 13,000 miles long.

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