Please keep your butts away from the heads of China’s Red Army statues. A Chinese tourist learned this lesson the hard way after being blacklisted by the mainland tourism authority for 10 years thanks to his inappropriate seat choice.
A picture of the unidentified man posing on top of the statue at a memorial park in Wuqi county, Shaanxi province on April 24 caught the attention of authorities after it’d been widely circulated on social media.
The man is now the second person in China to be added to a new database of misbehaving tourists, which was introduced in April after the National Tourism Bureau seemingly got fed-up with Chinese travelers’ uncouth antics making national headlines on a weekly basis.
Our soldier-squatter joins the likes of the notorious Air Asia passenger who was blacklisted after throwing a cup of hot instant noodles at a Thai stewardess at the end of last year.
The memorial park is also being punished for “negligence” following the man’s impromptu photo op and will be unable to apply to be recognized as one of China’s A-rated scenic attractions for the next two years, according to an SCMP report. Nobody tell the tourism bureau about the ancient relic-sitting madness that went down in Fenghuang, Hunan province over the May holiday.