UNESCO condemns Great Wall of China mock-Tudor makeover

The People’s Republic of China is facing worldwide indignation after a ten-year conservation project on the Great Wall saw its entire 4,000 mile length covered in a mock-Tudor facade, creating what was described as ‘the most ghastly man-made DIY project to be visible from space’.

Chinese authorities insisted the brand-new black and white half-timber effect added a touch of class to what had been previously drab and boring stonework, and refused to rule out adding a Victorian-style conservatory around the back, or the introduction of terracotta gnomes ‘to add a bit of character’.

Professor David Ansel-Collins, head of UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific division described the renovation as ‘the greatest blow to world cultural heritage since the pebble dashing of the Taj Mahal, or even the tarmacing of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.’

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Posted: Aug 14th, 2009 by

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