Fake version of the Great Wall of China: Built in a Chinese university

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:13 GMT, Apr 17, 2015 |

A little known university in central China is facing criticism for splashing out more than £435,000 on a “fake” version of the Great Wall of China.

Builders started erecting the mile-long, four million yuan, fake wall last year at the Wuhan Institute of Bioengineering. So, while describing the project the University spokesperson described it as a valuable investment which would help “spread the culture of the Great Wall” to students and tourists alike. Further he added, “for “relatively little money” undergraduates would be able to take lessons and study Chinese history on the replica wall.

However, Chinese internet users slammed the project as fake for their national treasure. The idea of a university is to educate people and not to build tourist spots,” wrote one user in China’s Twitter. “I can’t believe a university has such a low IQ,” joked another.

UNESCO has considered the Great Wall of China which today has a total length of more than 12,000 miles, as the world’s Heritage. The first stretches of the gigantic fortification were built in 220BC and construction continued right across the country until the 17th century.

The Fake Wall of Wuhan is expected to be finished by September.