More Great Wall for all

BEIJING. Two new parts of the Great Wall will be opened to tourists to meet the high demand to see one of the world's most famous tourist attractions.

The municipal government will open the Huanghuacheng and Hefangkou sections of the Great Wall to the public and expand the popular Mutianyu and Badaling sites north of the capital, the official Xinhua News Agency said. No dates were given.

The existing four public Great Wall sites often are crammed with tourists. Xinhua said some tourists instead scale closed sections of the wall and cause damage to the historic structure.

Kong Fanzhi, chief of Beijing's cultural relics bureau, told Xinhua the new measures aim to ease the congestion at the open sections of the wall.