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Diving on... the Great Wall of China?

You have probably heard about the fact that you can dive everywhere more than once. There are people among us, for whom very little is enough to put on the equipment and go underwater. Seas, lakes, rivers… but also swamps, clay pits, flooded shafts – all these have their fans. So it should come as
Published: September 19, 2019 - 17:14
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:34
Diving on… the Great Wall of China?

You have probably heard about the fact that you can dive everywhere more than once. There are people among us, for whom very little is enough to put on the equipment and go underwater. Seas, lakes, rivers… but also swamps, clay pits, flooded shafts – all these have their fans. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that there are daredevils who have dived the Great Wall of China.

At first glance, everyone will probably notice the absurdity of this situation, because whether you have seen this monumental structure with your own eyes or you rely on photos and films, it is not really associated with any bodies of water. Not even the smallest ones.

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The Great Wall of China is one of the largest man-made structures. In its heyday it stretched for 21,000 km and took about a thousand years to build. Today, most of these incredible fortifications are in a deplorable state. Whether due to human activity or through erosion over time.

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There are also, as it turns out, such “gems” as the fragment located in Tangshan County, where part of the fortification is underwater. In 1978, a dam was built here to provide water for nearby towns, as a result of which part of the wall was under the surface of the water and today it is an unusual attraction that lured a Malaysian diver to China.

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We can get an idea of what it’s like to dive in such an unusual place thanks to amazing photos taken by Imran Ahmad – an underwater photographer from Malaysia who visited China with two friends and dived into the waters of the Luan River, Qianxi in northern China, where a piece of the wall is submerged.

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“Although we dived a little after 9.00am and the sun was shining beautifully, underwater you couldn’t feel it at all and the water was very cold. However, this doesn’t change the fact that the dive was very exciting, and the site itself has so far been visited by fewer people than have been to the moon!” – said Imran Ahmad

The conditions are indeed not spoiling as, according to the detailed description, visibility was less than a few centimetres and the water temperature was only 5°C.

Source: storytrender.com
Photo: Imarn Ahmad
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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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