The Beijing Municipal Government began rebuilding a section of the old city walls over the weekend after residents responded to an appeal and returned more than 200,000 original bricks, Xinhua reported. The project will repair the damaged 1,600-metre section from Dongbianmen to Chongwenwen district - part of one of two walls built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The renovations will incorporate two million bricks taken from the wall over the years. The Beijing Municipal Government launched a campaign urging people who had the wall's bricks to return them. Residents responded with more than 200,000. The project will also require the demolition of about 60 businesses and 2,000 homes, to be vacated by the end of next month. The renovation is part of the Government's 330 million yuan (HK$311 million) History and Cultural Relics Restoration Project. Announced in May last year as part of the city's successful bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, the project seeks to repair significant historical and cultural sites in the capital. Xinhua said the Government had allocated 180 million yuan, with a further 600 million yuan coming from other sources. The project will also repair Beijing sites such as the Bell Drum Tower, Temple of Eternal Life and the Summer Palace.