In yet another instance showing why you always need to be on your best behavior as a tourist, a foreign mother was recently photographed hoisting her two kids onto a 600-year-old horse sculpture.
The not-so-shocking incident took place on the “Spirit Way” leading to the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum in Nanjing. There, the road is lined on either side with ancient stone statues of horses, camels and elephants, which make for tempting props for picture-takers.
One intrepid citizen journalist captured the moment that an expat mom hoisted her kids onto the back of one of the stone steeds for some neat snapshots, ignoring the sign nearby (in Chinese) that prohibits visitors from climbing on top of the Ming dynasty era relics.
The photos have circulated on Chinese social media, but most netizens have failed to successfully summon up any outrage over the pics, because, if you’ve ever been there, you’ll know that this happens all the time.
“The spirit animals at the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum have been ridden year in and year out, so much that their backs have become smooth and slippery,” one web user noted.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” commented another.
“Finally, we’ve found a foreigner that does this, quick everyone hype this news up!” joked another.
Last week, Houston Rockets point guard Bobby Brown got into much more trouble online after posting pictures to his Weibo account showing how he had carved his name and jersey number onto the Great Wall of China.
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