The Great Wall is getting shorter, not longer / by Thomas O'Malley

This column was inspired by a headline in the People's Daily, the CPC media organ, which said "GREAT WALL MUCH LONGER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT". Right! A bit misleading taken at face value. In fact, an archeological survey measured every scrap of wall existing or long vanished from 20 plus dynasties, to come up with a figure of 21 thousand kilometres.  Well, that's marvellous, but without more attention on the tiny proportion that has actually endured, there won't be much left for future generations to enjoy.

I'm the travel columnist for Higher View, the magazine for China Eastern Biz and First Class on its new daily Australia routes. The mag is published by Citrus Media in Australia and it's a great-looking publication with accompanying iPad download for each issue.