Seven college students from Guangzhou cycled over 3,000 km to Beijing to exhibit 100 photographs of messages vandals scrawled on tourist attractions, Xinhua reports.
The confusingly-named Hear Road Cyclist Group said they were inspired to take the trip after 15 year old Ding Jinhao made international headlines for defacing a 3,500 year old Egyptian temple.
As many pointed out at the time, the practice of vandalising tourist sites with ‘X was here’ or ‘Y loves Z’ is common in China. Hear Road Cyclist Group documented 100 such examples of graffiti on everything from bamboo to ancient stone tablets.
Zhang Zhihao, one of the cyclists, said they wanted to expose the “uncivilised behaviour” of many of their compatriots, echoing vice premier Wang Yang who in May condemned the “poor quality and breeding” of Chinese tourists for damaging the country’s image overseas.
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