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No one hurt as Qing-era wall falls in old town area

A Qing Dynasty wall collapsed early yesterday in Huangpu District, crushing a van parked alongside.

No one was injured in the incident at daybreak on Huangpu's Wuyuan Street, near Henan Road.

The wall, about three meters high and 20 meters long, collapsed and fell on the van, a witness, surnamed Gao, told Shanghai Xinmin Evening News.

Heritage protection officials said the wall, which was part of an old residential complex, is not on its protected structures list.

Ding Liangcai, the head of the district's heritage protection office, told Shanghai Daily the wall "was not part of the original city wall built 400 years ago around the old town area."

The Wuyuan Street complex with beautiful garden houses once belonged to a rich family during the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911). It was named "Wuyuan" or "My Garden" in English and was later turned into a school.

Most of its original houses were destroyed in the early 1900s. Between the 1960s and 1980s, apartment buildings were built on the site, and the wall remained there, Ding said.

A property management worker said the area is under renovation for road expansion and insufficient maintenance and recent rainfall are possible causes for the collapse of the old wall.


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