The Great Wall is a wonder - but China isn't watching

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The Great Wall of China was named as one of the new seven wonders of the world over the weekend at a televised ceremony in Lisbon, but no one in China was watching.

The state broadcaster CTV chose not to screen the event, leaving the thousands of tourists who visited the wall yesterday unaware of the monument's new status.

The refusal to celebrate reflects the Chinese public's apathy towards the competition to determine the new seven wonders.

Although almost 100 million people around the world voted by phone, text and online, many Chinese people were put off by the 1 yuan (7p) charge to vote by text. Others doubted the validity of the contest and the Chinese heritage department also refused to endorse the competition.

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