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Shanghai tourist falls to death from section of Great Wall in Beijing

A SHANGHAI tourist died in a fall from the Simatai section of the Great Wall in the Beijing area on Saturday during a hiking trip, local police said.

The woman surnamed Dai, 45, slipped off a 400-meter cliff while climbing down a steep section of the wall and fell to her death, according to a team leader surnamed Yang.

A slip of the hand and loose bricks on the wall may be blamed for the tragedy, Yang said.

Dai was among about 100 adventurers who participated in hiking organized by an outdoor activity website to pass through mountain areas near the Simatai section, which is about 120 kilometers from downtown Beijing. The section of the wall is known for its steepness and narrowness.

Dai applied for the trip during a business trip in Beijing, Yang said. The family of the victim has made the trip to Beijing.

There was gale in Miyun County where the section is located at the time, and a local forest ranger tried to stop the group because the mountain has not been developed and someone had become lost there in the past, but the ranger’s advice was not heeded, the Metro Express newspaper reported yesterday.

In recent years, adventure trips to undeveloped scenic areas have become popular, but they also have brought an increased number of deaths and injuries in accidents.

A tourist and nine rescuers were taken off an uninhabited island in October after being stranded there overnight, Shanghai police said. The hiker got lost on Bodaozui Island in Shengsi County in neighboring Zhejiang Province.

In June, a Shanghai IT engineer hiking alone in unpopulated areas in Hemu of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region went missing and has not been found.


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