Officials in Wuhan’s Yellow Crane Tower Park are determined to stop name-etching vandals once and for all, and have rolled out a series of graffiti-welcoming touchscreen displays. Now well-behaved and asshole tourists alike can enjoy the thrill of leaving their marks on priceless antiquities.
South China Morning Post reports:
The screens have been introduced in response to the widespread habit of Chinese tourists of defacing attractions and monuments, no matter how important or ancient they might be.
The most commonly-seen messages left by Chinese tourists are their names or “dao ci yi you”, meaning “have been here”.
The national penchant for defacing tourist sites not only has a negative aesthetic impact, but in many cases constitutes vandalism, resulting in permanent damage to some important sites.
It’s likely only a matter of time before someone etches their name into one of these glass screens.
[Image via Wuhan Evening News]