SCMP reports that a wall in the ancient Luxor temple in Egypt now bears the inscription “Ding Jinhao was here” in Chinese characters. Ding, a Chinese teenager who was on vacation with his parents in Egypt, defaced the wall this weekend, even though his family was being supervised by a tour guide.
Ding and his family are from Nanjing, and his carving abomination did not go unnoticed, leading to much condemnation from his compatriots. Over 100,000 people commented when a picture of the graffiti was posted to Sina Weibo, many of them chastising Ding for this act and prompting a crazed few calling for him to be attacked. A human flesh search quickly deduced his age and location and some went even as far as hacking his former primary school’s website to show visitors to the site what Ding had done.
His parents have since apologized for their son’s actions and in noble fashion took the blame upon themselves saying it was their lack of education which led Ding to think it would be acceptable to do this.
This month, vice premier Wang Yang admonished Chinese tourists for embarrassing the nation with the way they acted abroad.
While what Ding Jinhao was deplorable, this wouldn’t be the first time graffiti was scrawled on an ancient cultural artifact by an ignorant tourist.
By Oliver Dzuba // Image via Weibo