Ancient town at end of Great Wall to get $258m makeover

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BEIJING -- A $258 million restoration project is planned for an ancient town where the Great Wall meets the sea, state media reported Thursday.

The project will transform Shanhaiguan, built in 1381 during the Ming Dynasty as a strategic military post to help defend Beijing, the Xinhua News Agency said...

Xinhua said the district has already spent $93 million restoring watchtowers, gates and five memorial arches on the wall in Shanhaiguan.

China in recent years has begun restoring parts of the wall as well as trying to rein in commercial development on and around it.

The government said in October it would use remote-sensing satellites and other high technology to check the wall's length, now estimated at 3,000 to 4,000 miles.
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