Is nothing sacred?! Well no, especially when it comes into contact with badly behaved Chinese tourists. As it turns out the might of Mount Everest can’t even escape the stupidity of certain travelers who apparently have the desperate need to be remembered via ugly scrawl.
The travel bureau in charge of the camp, otherwise known as the Qomolangma Base Camp has decided to take matters into their own hands by blacklisting people for their being idiots, according to Sohu.
With pictures of the graffiti going viral on the Chinese net, one can clearly see that the scrawls cover damn near everything, even the original carved lettering on base camp monuments.
An official in Tingri county, named Gu Chunlei has said that the phenomenon of tourists scrawling their names on stuff has been around since 2013, particularly between April and May at peak travel season. Depressingly, the graffiti has been bad enough that staff need to clean the sites at least twice a month.
As for the blacklist, the names added will stay on the list for one to two years. Fortunately, it shouldn’t be too hard to track these vandals down.
Meanwhile, Gu has stated that Everest will follow the example set by many other tourist sites in China, and set up a special area for tourists to scrawl on until their hearts are content. Hopefully people can be less stupid and leave their mark on a surface that is actually meant to be written on.
Well at least the graffiti is removable this time, unlike that whole embarrassing fiasco in Egypt a few years ago.
Shanghai Disneyland has recently also been the victim of tourists claiming that they were there.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via CCTV]