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Braving the elements to find the real story behind the 'haze'

Updated: August 7, 2008, 8:25 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- People say that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from outer space. This is an urban legend. The Great Wall of China is most definitely not visible from outer space. At the moment, it's barely visible from across the road.

The Great Wall may be 4,500 miles long and, in these parts, 25 feet high, but it is currently shrouded in a haze so thick I really ought to be wearing a deerstalker cap and muttering "Elementary, my dear Watson" while hunting ...

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