One man decided to improve upon a Beijing scenic spot by writing his name all over it. Turns out, not everyone was a fan.
The tourist is named Chen Zhicheng. We know this because that was the name found scrawled out in giant, red characters at 13 separate locations inside a park famous for its rocks in Beijing’s Fangshan District.
Local police exposed the graffiti online last Thursday and issued a search warrant for the arrest of the infamous “Chen Zhicheng.” NetEase reports that Chen’s niece saw the news online and he turned himself into police, explaining that he hadn’t really thought his doodles through. He told police that because of his old age, he thought that he might never again be able to climb up the hills again, so he thought that he would leave something behind (for the rocks to remember him by, we assume). ECNS reports that Chen also complained of troubles at home.
Not surprisingly, this excuse wasn’t good enough for China’s many web users/environmental activists. Reportedly, it took six workers one whole day to clean up all the graffiti left behind by Chen, using 50kg of paint thinner in the process, but officials say that that his markings still remains visible.
To make amends, Chen has apologized and says that he will personally make those rocks spotless once again. He started work on that goal yesterday. Chen also called on other tourists not to repeat his same mistake and respect the environment.
Also, generally a good idea to not write your name on famous man-made things as well, like say, ancient Egyptian temples.
[Images via NetEase]