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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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chanaa
' if i was his parent, i would kill you'
You are an idiot & a hypocrite kieran.tsao
charlie212
verbal actions are meaningless, ....physical assault...lol...go get a lawyer, a kid like that ( many of whom we see in hong kong ) deserves it
londoncalling
Its a disgrace to see this defacing of ancient relics by spoilt teenagers. The parents should be chastised for not instilling in their offspring and there should be some punishment for the teenager also but what that should be is up to the authorities however my point is the interesting way the world works now.
We condemn this teenager, rightly so, and come up with all types of punishment ideas for him however lets look at our response to government sanctioned destruction of ancient relics say in Iraq where the US and its allies have destroyed the heritage of that nation permanently and not a single peep of discontent on these boards?
francine__ho
Sham on his parents!!
eamercedes
If the Chinese government has any shame, it should arrest the perpetrator and hand him over to Egypt for a trial according to Islamic law.
Maria L. Yau
Cultural barbarian!
In my opinion Ding Jinhao or his parents should pay all costs and a penalty for the restoration of the temple!
Simply saying ‘sorry’ on newspaper by his parents is not enough; Egypt should not pay for a damage caused by a irresponsible teenager.
China is champion in handing out fines. Parents who have more than one child, have to pay a fine of four times their annual income.
olliereid
Here's one from Tuol Sleng genocide museum in Cambodia, by an American. ****twitpic.com/cu2roj
jchho
so just because one kid defaces something the whole country should pay? Idiot
jchho
You're no better than kid if you do that scum bag.
kieran.tsao
This incident and the response from China just shows that the population hasn't separated individuality from "the country" yet. First off, picture this happening with any other nationality - the parents and/or the kid may or may not apologise, they may or may not deny it. Their government certainly wouldn't get involved. The parents and kid would certainly NOT cry about it:
"The mother was in tears when she said they realized they had failed to educate their son and felt guilty, the newspaper reported."
---Grow a backbone lady.
---Second is how this came to light in the first place - a Chinese tourist taking the photo then saying "The saddest moment in Egypt. I'm so embarrassed that I want to hide myself. I said to the Egyptian tour guide,'I'm really sorry,'" that traveler wrote on the original weibo post.....""We want to wipe off the marking with a towel."
---Why is it a sad day when someone else messes up something? If there was a white paedophile arrested for raping children of other races, would all white people say "oh I'm so sorry, I'm so ashamed of my race"????

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