Aug 8, 2018

Airbnb cancels Great Wall sleepover competition

Airbnb has called off a competition offering to chance to spend a night on the Great Wall of China. The competition offered the exclusive chance to sleep in one of the ruined watch towers on the Unesco-listed Great Wall near Beijing, with a proper bed but neither windows nor roof. According to Chinese state media, the cultural commission in Beijing's Yanqing district which oversees the stretch of the wall where the sleepover was planned, said it was not aware of the event and no approval had been given. "One of the goals of our Night At The Great Wall was to highlight how everyone can play a part in honoring and preserving this incredible piece of world history," it said, stressing that the company had worked with experts to help educate people about the wall and preservation efforts. Night at the Great Wall was the latest case of Airbnbn offering unique spots via user competitions.

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