"Ding Jihao was here" 15-year-old Chinese tourist defaces 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple

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A Chinese schoolboy has been caught defacing an ancient Egyptian temple just a few days after China's government attacked 'uncivilised' tourists for ruining the country's reputation abroad.

Chinese visitors to the Luxor Temple were outraged when they spotted the graffiti reading: 'Ding Jinhao was here' on 3,500-year-old hieroglyphics on the wall of the temple.

They posted a picture of the graffiti written in Chinese online along with comments expressing their disgust at the boy's actions.




The tourist, surnamed Shen, said: 'It was the saddest moment during my stay in Egypt, and I felt ashamed.


'We try to wipe out the shame with tissue, but it was difficult to clear it out, and we could not use water as the relief is a historical relic 3,500 years old.

'All of the 14 members of our tour group kept silent after seeing the sentence as we felt ashamed.'

The post prompted an online search which revealed Ding's identity, his date of birth and his school in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu Province.

The parents of a 15-year-old Ding Jinhao have since issued a grovelling national apology to their fellow countrymen over their son's behaviour.

They told the Nanjing-based Modern Express newspaper: 'We apologize to Egyptian authorities and Chinese people who pay attention to the incident.

'He has realized he made a mistake, and we beg your pardon, please give him a chance to correct his act.'

Many social media users in China condemned Ding for damaging the ancient relic and his parents for not educating him properly.

One said: 'Ding's uncivilized behavior disgraced Chinese people.'

It comes shortly after China introduced a new law in April which warns against tourists committing uncivilized behavior but does not specify punishments.

Senior Communist Party official Wang Yang, one of the country's four vice-prime ministers, has also warned that holidaymakers should be more polite, singling out talking loudly and spitting as poor behaviour by his fellow citizens.

Writing in the official party newspaper People's Daily, Mr Wang said: 'Improving the civilised quality of the citizens and building a good image of Chinese tourists are the obligations of governments at all levels and relevant agencies and companies.'

He said Chinese authorities should 'guide tourists to conscientiously abide by public order and social ethics, respect local religious beliefs and customs, mind their speech and behaviour... and protect the environment'.
 

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They told the Nanjing-based Modern Express newspaper: 'We apologize to Egyptian authorities and Chinese people who pay attention to the incident.

'He has realized he made a mistake, and we beg your pardon, please give him a chance to correct his act.'
I wonder how most American parents would react in the same situation. Sue over the mental anguish the incident caused to their offspring, maybe? Point out that the kid wasn't properly informed that you're not supposed to write on the 3500 yo relic? Blame racism?
 
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The boy's father begged internet users to stop hounding the teenager. "This is too much pressure for him to take," he told the newspaper.
However, the retribution against the boy continues. Infuriated Chinese internet users over the weekend hacked into the website of his former primary school and defaced the home page with a message: It read: "Ding Jinhao was here."