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No more parties at the Great Wall (BEIJING, Nov. 21, 2005)

BEIJING, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- There will be no more partying at the Great Wall of China, officials decided after a rave party this summer drew criticism for tarnishing a national symbol.

Cheng Dalin, deputy director of the China Great Wall Society, said that the local government had taken back management of the Jinling section of the Great Wall, Beijing Today reported Monday.

The government leased management rights to a company called Guangda in 1997 for a 50-year period, for the sum of $740,000, China Daily said. The company had organized outdoor barbecues, dances and parties that attracted ever larger crowds to the ancient site.

The all-night party on July 30, which drew 1,500 foreign and local revelers, was described as an "orgy" and an "improper carnival" by local media, and photographs of people urinating and vomiting on the wall infuriated many Chinese people.

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