Dingbian Great Wall Location - Coordinates: 37°35'39" North 107°35'21" East.
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Around Anbian, Zhuanjing and Dingbian Towns in Shaanxi Province and Yanchi in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region there used to be a well preserved section of the Great Wall of China standing in Guard against invasion from the Mongolian Gobi Desert to the North and beyond. In the past ages since its construction in the Ming Dynasty, it had been somewhat of a cultural barrier. North and beyond the Wall was basicly wild Territory, the Mu Us Desert with beyond the Gobi and Mongolia.
Not much  has changed since the construction of the Great Wall section during the 15Th Century Ming Dynasty. Although in some area's in the Region the
shifting sands of Mu Us have advanced, forming  new strips of sands, the southern edge - where Dingbian is located remains much the same. Generally speaking, though the intensity of human activity has been increasing in this area since the Ming Dynasty, the Mu Us Desert has not significantly expanded toward the southeast or southwest.


The sections remained through time in this far western corner of the Arid Northern Province. In October 1935 AD and throughout the winter into March of 1936 AD, the Great Wall of China in Shaanxi Province saw the arrival of the Red Armies on the final stretch of their "12.500 li March" (according to Mao Zedong). The Main Army arrived in their new Shaanxi Base through Wuqi Town (now Zhidan). In the Years following many small and a few larger battles would rage along the Great Wall more Eastward in Shaanxi and Shanxi Provinces, seeing battles between Japanese and Communists as well as the Communist and the Nationalist.

Although land degradation in north Shaanxi is severe and this is one of the main area's where the infamous "yellow dust" sandstorms originate, the wall remained unscathed and untouched by the sand. Until the turn of the Millenium the Wall sections remained in healthy condition.
The three damaged sections of the Great Wall are located adjacent to the three towns of Anbian, Zhuanjing and Dingbian in Shaanxi Province and were destroyed in order for the town to be connected to the new road. The three side-roads of the Jingbian-Wangquanliang Highway cut right through the Great Wall, creating three 30-40 meters wide openings in the wall and a road through each. According to the reporter of the Xi'an-based Chinese Business Review (Hua Shang Bao), before the activities of the construction
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In Shaanxi Province there are essentially three remaining continues sections of The Great Wall of China that can be visited. The First of these sections runs from Yulin in the far north of Shaanxi Province where there is a Fortress and walled town, to the south-west and towards Jingbian Town. This Yulin-Jingbian section ends at some distance north-east of Jingbian and does not reach the Town.
To the South-West of Jingbian, the Great Wall of China continues with
second section. This is the Jingbian-Dingbian section that runs slowly North-Westward towards Dingbian.
The Third Section runs from Dingbian Town westward into the Ordos Desert,
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companies the destroyed parts of the Great Wall were well preserved and in surprisingly good condition. The remaining Wall segments still reached a height of four meters and a width of 5-6 meters. According to the Law on the Protection of Cultural Relics that took effect in 1992, construction around a cultural relic must be strictly examined to ensure that it will not cause any damage.

Considering the construction of the roads might damage the Great Wall, in March, the Culture and Sports Bureau of Dingbian County notified the construction companies, including the Shaanxi Road and Bridge Company, Yan'an Tongsheng Company and Yulin Tianyuan Company, to go through relevant measures before they started the project, according to Li Huanbing, a clerk with the Culture and Sports Bureau of Dingbian County. However, none of the above mentioned companies paid any attention to the issue.

So when the Culture and Sports Bureau of Dingbian County received the report from its counterpart in Yulin in late April, the Great Wall had already been cut through. Again the bureau contacted the construction companies but could not stop them. As a result, three sections of the Great Wall, 30 meters in Anbian, 35 meters in Zhuanjing, and 40 meters in Dingbian were destroyed.

As for this incident, the Culture and Sports Bureau of Dingbian County on May 12 made a decision to order the construction units to stop their work, pay a fine of 30,000 yuan and go through the procedures as soon as possible.

This severe incident attracted attention from the Shaanxi Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage, who immediately sent some experts to investigate the issue.

On June 1,2003 the Shaanxi Provincial Administration of Cultural Heritage issued the document An Urgent Notice on the Cultural Relics Destruction in the Jingbian-Wangquanliang Highway Construction, which ordered the concerned companies to stop their construction work inside the Great Wall preservation area at once, and charged each of them a fine of 500,000 yuan. The 1.5 million yuan collected will be used for the repair and protection of the Great Wall.

As concerned Chinese citizens have since pointed out, oddly the local government that approved the project was not punished. In the aftermath the local departments concerned were asked to strengthen education on the Law on Protection of Cultural Relics, intensify punishment to violations and try every means to avoid such kind of incidents in the future.

More dangers have arisen, specifically for the Dingbian Great Wall as the West-East Gas Transmission Pipeline is scheduled to cut through the Great Wall of China somewhere near Dingbian. The 1250 kilometer Gas Pipeline was planned for in 2002 AD, and construction should have reached Dingbian by now (March 2009 AD). Expected to transport Gas between Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region and the Yangtse River Delta and the City of Shanghai in the South, the section involved will intersect the Wall, a problem which was discussed with the Dingbian Cultural Relics Bureau however for which no technical solution was announced in the public documents released on the planning.
Another development near Dingbian and Great Wall will be the brandnew Taiyuan-Zhongwei Railway, which will pass Dingbian on its way between the Capital of Shanxi Province in the East and Zhongwei, the fifth and last Great Wall of China location in Ningxia Autonomous Region. The new railroad however is not planned to intersect with the Great Wall and will only meet up with it along two short sections East and West of Dingbian.

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Together these sections were constructed in the time of Ming Emperor Xiaozong (Reign 1488 - 1505 AD), who took his official Yang Yiqing's advice to (re)build The Great Wall of China in the section between present day Anbian Town of Fugu County on the Yellow River in Shaanxi Province to cut across North Shaanxi Province and Yulin Garrison Town to the east bank of the Yellow River to Yanchi in Wuzhong County of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
In a period when the Mongols of the Yuan dynasty had long been driven out, and the first 9 main passes on the Great Wall of China reinforced against their return, the construction of this new section of Wall must be seen as a move to further consolidation of territories. The Ningxia-North Shaanxi Great Wall was built to prevent enemies from attempting a sneak attack by arrising from the vast Ordos Desert absent of natural barriers. Since the 15Th Century, the Dingbian Great Wall has been in position to guard the lush green lands of Shaanxi Province to the South-East and the vulnerable Yellow River Valley and Silk Road crossing-point Lanzhou to the South-West.

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In 2003 however they were severely damaged by the construction of a road through the sections of Great Wall. Between the months April to early May 2003 when the road-building companies began the construction of three side-roads into Anbian, Zhuanjing and Dingbian without regards of the national historic relic of the Great Wall of China.
Earlier the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 221 AD) Tomb in Haotan (Shaanxi) was scrambled and demolished.

Illegally and without the permission from the local administration of cultural relics protection, some local construction companies built highways by breaking the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD-1644 AD), resulting in a near complete destruction of three sections of the Great Wall.
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