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BEIJING: Beijing will open two new parts of the Great Wall to tourists to meet high demand for one of the world's most famous tourist attractions, state media reported on Saturday.

The municipal government will open the Huanghuacheng and Hefangkou sections of the Great Wall to the public and expand the popular Mutianyu and Badaling sites in the capital's northern suburbs, the official Xinhua News Agency said. No specific dates were given.

On weekends and holidays, the existing four public Great Wall sites often are crammed with tourists. Xinhua said some tourists instead scale closed sections of the wall and cause damage to the historic structure.

Kong Fanzhi, chief of Beijing's cultural relics bureau, told Xinhua the new measures aim to ease the congestion at the open sections of the wall.—AP

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