That is not on. The monuments have stood the test of time, of wind, of rain, of quakes and everything else. They need reverence from all of us. Tourist must show respect to their host country’s artifacts, national treasures, the sights, tourist spots, laws and regulations at all times.
I know it is so tempting to leave a piece of ourselves in our surroundings documenting our own existence but we must try to contain ourselves.
Death penalty for Ding Jinghao is a bit stiff;) instead as the family must be quite rich to afford this kind of holidays, they should be made to pay for their son’s misdemeanor. The family should see to it that the damage is repaired and pay some compensation. to the Egyptians. Perhaps to boost its tarnish image as an emerging super-rich country, China should also make a large donation to the Egyptians.
Nile relic vandal hunted down in China
AFP/AFP/File – This file photo shows tourists visiting ancient statues in Luxor, on February 27, 2013.
A Chinese tourist who defaced an ancient Egyptian monument was hunted down by Internet users who prompted his parents to apologise, state media reported on Monday.
A photo posted on Chinese social networking service Sina Weibo showed crudely drawn Chinese characters written over an ancient sandstone panel lined with hieroglyphics, the Global Times newspaper said.
According to the China Daily, the vandalism took place in a temple at Luxor, on the banks of the Nile River.
Internet users hunted down the perpetrator, a 15-year-old boy named Ding Jinhao, and hacked the website of his school, forcing users to click on a sign parodying Ding’s graffiti before entering.
The online furore prompted his parents, who said Ding had “cried all night” after learning of the cyberattacks, to issue an apology in a local newspaper.
The incident highlights fears over perceptions of the growing number of Chinese heading abroad for their holidays.
“This incident is not just about the problem of one person but has everything to do with national quality,” one Weibo user wrote.
“People must die if they lose face for the nation,” another said.
Earlier this month a top official said the dire manners and “uncivilised behaviour” of some Chinese tourists overseas were harming the country’s image, as he lamented their poor “quality and breeding”, according to state-run media.
Wang Yang, one of China’s four vice premiers, singled out for condemnation “talking loudly in public places, jay-walking, spitting and wilfully carving characters on items in scenic zones”
China has seen rapid growth in outbound trips in recent years, and Chinese travellers are now the biggest source of international tourism cash in the world, according to a the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
Renaud de Spens, a Beijing-based independent expert on both the Chinese Internet and Egyptology, told AFP that commenting on the case gave ordinary posters the opportunity to “denounce the behaviour of their elites”.
“Chinese media feel compelled (to) draw a moral from this… It amounts to propaganda, with the message: ‘Be careful, citizens. When you are abroad you represent China. Be loyal, wherever you are,'” he said.