You know the feeling. Sometimes, you find yourself so in love with somebody that you just can’t help but show it everywhere you go, whether it be on the curbside, at the water fountain or on priceless cultural relics.
A netizen broke the news last week that a couple had carved their names surrounded by a heart on the face of a Qing Dynasty era copper urn displayed inside the Forbidden City that is more than 300 years old.
An employee at the Palace Museum said that they will consider reporting the act of vandalism to the police, but admits that they have people etching characters onto cultural antiques every year. If the vandals are caught they could face a 200 yuan fine, according to NetEase.
It’s been a rough year for the Forbidden City, most notably because of a nude photo shoot featuring a panty-less woman straddling the head of an ancient marble dragon that caused a bit of a stir back in June.
After that embarrassing incident, the Forbidden City worked to complete installation of an “all-seeing eye monitor system” comprised of 2,100 sets of cameras covering every corner of the grounds. The Palace Museum also launched a temporary initiative to cap the number of daily visitors at a more manageable 80,000. So, you’d think that catching those crazy kids would be snap.
However, for a more permanent solution, perhaps the Palace Museum should look to this bamboo forest in Sichuan, which has set aside a special bamboo grove for tourists to vandalize with their messages of love until their hearts are content or to this high-tech tourist site in Wuhan that went with vandal-friendly touchscreens.
“Ding Jinhao was here”
[Images via NetEase]