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Qing dynasty wall topples

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 - which was about three meters high and 20 meters long - completely collapsed, falling on the van, a witness, surnamed Gao, told Shanghai Xinmin Evening News.

Historical relics preservation 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 relics preservation office, told Shanghai Daily the wall "was not part of the original city wall, dating back 400 years, that once surrounded the downtown area."

The complex located on Wuyuan street was once famous and beautiful garden houses owned by a rich family during the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912).

The complex was named as "Wu yuan", or "My Garden" in English. Later the area became a school complex.

Most of the buildings were destroyed in the early 1900s, said Ding.

Between the 1960s and 1980s, residential buildings were built in the site. Ding said the wall was probably part of earlier residential structures.

Property management company officials said the area is under renovation for road expansion.
Insufficient maintenance and recent rainfall were main to blame for the wall collapsing, said officials.


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