Monday, April 11, 2005

Save Great Wall Replica Brick By Brick

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It took the Chinese over 200 years to build the Great Wall of China – and it will take a Florida construction crew less than an hour to tear down a miniature replica of it.

That is, unless $75,000 is raised by May 11th.

The replica wall was built in 1992 from 3 million domino-sized bricks for the Splendid China theme park in Kissimmee, Florida.

Craftsmen spent more than a year – and $2 million – building the tiny Great Wall of China, and park officials hoped to recoup the cash by attracting tourists from nearby Orlando.

Unfortunately, Splendid China closed its doors last year, and the Wall remains homeless.

Now, Kissimmee’s resident Wall enthusiast Steven Phillips is trying everything in his power to make sure this mini-wonder doesn’t get sacked.

To earn enough money to move the 1800-foot wall, he’s selling off portions to interested buyers.

But he’s hit a brick wall: To date, Phillips has raised only $4,000.

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