Chinese authorities have decided to ban two international tourists from entering the Great Wall of China after catching them trespassing onto an undeveloped section of the ancient fortification.
The operator of the wall’s Mutianyu section said in a statement that on April 30, two men – both from Senegal – were seen by other visitors violating the “no crossing” signage placed onto a section of China’s Great Wall that is still undergoing redevelopment.
According to the statement published on the official Mutianyu Great Wall WeChat account, the operator stressed that the wall in the section that is being redeveloped is still unstable and unsafe to climb on.
“From a safety point of view, the Wild Great Wall is steep and the bricks are loose, so if you are not careful, you will get lost or get injured,” the operator said in the statement. “It is never suitable for climbing and walking.”
After learning the inappropriate behavior of the two visitors, the operator “immediately took corresponding measures, using the ticketing system and monitoring system to locate the information of the two tourists and put them on the ‘blacklist,’ restricting their eligibility to purchase tickets.”
In the statement, authorities also urged visitors to respect the historic structure and comply with the rules while touring around the old UNESCO World Heritage site.