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Nanjing teenager exposed as perpetrator of Temple of Luxor graffiti attack

Tourist from Nanjing carried out graffiti attack in Temple of Luxor, his parents confirm

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 8:32am

A mainland tourist who defaced a sculpture at a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple has been identified as a teenager from Nanjing, his embarrassed parents confirmed yesterday.

He had written "Ding Jinhao was here" on the artwork some years ago during a visit to the Temple of Luxor, the parents said in an apologetic interview with Nanjing's Modern Express newspaper on Saturday.

Ding's graffiti caused an online stir this week when a microblogger posted a photo of the message, citing it as an example of shameful behaviour by mainland tourists abroad. The post attracted a torrent of replies, including suggestions that the perpetrator be tracked down.

Some disclosed personal information about Ding, including his age and school, after searching his records online.

The website of his former primary school in Nanjing was attacked yesterday. It showed the same message that Ding had left in Egypt, and visitors to the site had to click the message before they could open the homepage.

Ding's parents told the Modern Express that it was their lack of education and supervision that led to his mischief.

They said the attack happened when their son, now in middle school, was little. They were with a tourist group and did not notice when he scrawled on the sculpture, the mother said.

"We have taken him sightseeing since he was little, and we often saw such graffiti. But we didn't realise we should have told him that this is wrong," she said. The mother also implored internet users not to hound her son.

Mainlanders are today the biggest drivers of global tourism, but their sheer numbers and a perception that they can be insensitive travellers have strained their reputation.

At a conference earlier this month to implement the newly passed Tourism Law, vice premier Wang Yang said some mainland tourists behaved poorly and hurt the nation's image.

The law, to come into force in October, says that tourists should "cherish tourist resources and abide by social morality while sightseeing," although it mentions no offences or penalties.

Mainland tourists made some 82 million international visits last year, according to the China Tourism Academy.

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Beaker
You know, the sad thing is that the parents probably saw him do it but felt powerless to stop him. I was in queue boarding a flight and this spoilt fat Mainland boy about 10 kept trying to cut in front of me. I told him that he should not do it and to please learn some manners because he is representing Chinese people when he travels, in Mandarin. His mother just stood there and said nothing. After the 4th try to cut in front of me, I grabbed him by the neck and threw him back and told him sternly that this will not happen. His Mainland mother never said a word. They have no idea and there will be a millions of these monsters when they grow up, spawns of these newly enriched kleptocrats.
charlie212
shame on mainlanders.............again as usual, aren't we gettting tired of these stories? they never learn, they don't care, things like this will just keep happening, the cutting in lines, the loud talking and yelling across rooms and restaurants, the urinating/defecating on public modes of transport etc. etc. etc....the pure rudeness of self serving mainlanders is here to stay. they care about nobody except themselves. a pure self serving nation that puts greed on a pedestal. even a dog has more manners and etiquette than some mainlanders, and i'm no joking, it's true
lucifer
I think a more realitic approach is warranted.
The Chinese government should offer to Egypt to pay fo the repair of the mural. Once complete, they should then make the parents reimburse the goevrnment. If they have the money to travel as a family all over the world, they sure have the money for this. A formal written apology woudl also be fitting.
aplucky1
I have decided to goto Tienanmen square and scrawl on mao's big old bald head that I was there
how does that sound nose pickers?
pandalogic2010
This should cause blockade to Chinese tourists.
aplucky1
how much does the mainland pay to post this dribble?
aplucky1
omg
these people are socially retarded
lets scrawl some graffiti on that kids forehead
would the little **** do that to mao's image ?
aplucky1
a paid mainland stooge like you should have thicker skin
this is not ONE CHILD
this is an epidemic
Gra
Mainland Chinese tourists... all show and no substance...
... monied peasants being the worst of the lot.
Pity the relatively refined non-mainland Chinese who go abroad but will be mistaken for mainlanders and be at the butt end of unremitting Luxor Temple sarcasm...
aplucky1
dear whiny a s s
you do realize this image will be rubbed in the face of mainlanders for eternity?
that artifact sat untouched for over 3000 years till this deranged brain damaged nose picker decided to deface it
are you his father? you sound like you are the same gene pool

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