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Nanjing schoolboy's shame

A middle school boy from Nanjing sparked a great national outrage when he defaced an ancient Egyptian temple.

A picture posted online showed the words "Ding Jinhao was here" in Chinese characters on a relief in the Luxor Temple. The words "was here" were in larger characters. The post prompted an online search which revealed Ding's identity, his date of birth and his primary school.

The 14-year-old's parents have apologized and asked for forgiveness, the Nanjing-based Modern Express newspaper reported yesterday. But by a news source, the graffiti may be defaced by help from somebody else or his parent/parents as the boy's height would not allow him to reach such the higher height to leave these Chinese characters. But the mother was in tears when she said they realized they had failed to educate theirs on and felt guilty.

The tourist who posted the picture, surnamed Shen, said: "It was the saddest momentduring 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 couldnot use water as the relief is a historical relic 3,500 years old." Shen saw the graffiti during a tour of Egypt on May 6 and took the snapshot.

Shen said he hoped the incident would remind Chinese tourists to mind their behavior when touring overseas as their actions reflected on China's image. The web site of Ding's primary school, the Nanjing Youfu Xijie Primary School, was hacked yesterday. It showed "Ding Jinhao was here" when accessed. Others, however called for tolerance.

A new law on tourism adopted in China in April to better protect the rights of tourist sand clear the way for the industry's sustainable development warns against uncivilized behavior but does not specify punishments.


Resource: Renmingwang

Last Updated on Friday, 28 June 2013 14:09