Apparently the Great Wall of China's strength and longevity can be attributed to the sticky rice used as its mortar. Workers built the Ming dynasty sections of the Great Wall about 600 years ago by mixing together a paste of sticky rice flour and slaked lime, the standard ingredient in
I'm not sure how they keep turning up new sections of the Great Wall, but apparently 700km (!) more of wall has been found in northwest China.
"We found 15 sections with a total length of 26 km of ancient wall and three beacons built in Western Han Dynasty (206 BC
2,000 years after it was built to keep out their ancestors, Mongolian have finally destroyed a section of the Great Wall of China.
Around 300 feet of the wall in a remote part of Inner Mongolia has been irreparably damaged by Mongolian gold prospectors.
"We discovered what had happened a couple of