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People's Daily's anti-American rant backfires as Chinese teen trashes ancient Egyptian temple

A Nanjing teenager's act of vandalism - he scratched the words "Ding Jinhao was here" in Chinese characters on a 35-century-old sculpture - struck a raw nerve in a in a country so proud of its ancient civilisation. And, embarrassingly, it followed an astonishing attack by the Communist Party mouthpiece that labelled Americans untrustworthy and lacking in integrity.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am 2 comments

Microblog justice can be too harsh

Tourists have been scrawling their names on noteworthy objects since the dawn of travel. Young mainland boy Ding Jinhao was following the well-worn, but unlawful, practice years ago when he scratched characters into a 3,500-year-old pillar while visiting a temple in the Egyptian city of Luxor with his parents.

30 May 2013 - 2:56am 1 comment

Nanjing teenager exposed as perpetrator of Temple of Luxor graffiti attack

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.

28 May 2013 - 8:32am 36 comments

Banksy Slave Labour (Bunting Boy). London 2012 put up for auction

A mural by British graffiti artist Banksy has been put up for auction on a US website with a guide price of up to £450,000 (HK$5.4 million) after being removed from a building in north London.

The artwork of a barefoot boy using a sewing machine to stitch union flag bunting, apparently in a sweatshop, appeared on the exterior wall of a Poundland store in Wood Green in May.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am

Temporary cover shields graffiti by 'King of Kowloon' Tsang Tsou-choi

A temporary structure has been installed to protect one of the remaining pieces of street art by late graffitist Tsang Tsou-choi, dubbed the "King of Kowloon".

5 Feb 2013 - 11:42am

King of Kowloon's graffiti art waits for salvation

The Urban Renewal Authority has vowed to preserve what is one of the last street graffiti by the King of Kowloon before it can find it a proper home, which won't be until the end of this year.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:47am

Briefs, November 11, 2012

Beijing's worry over anti-communist moves

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am

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Gunmen kill 26 at Nigerian college

3 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Handover graffiti project questioned by street sleepers

In an unusual move, the Home Affairs Bureau has used an anti-establishment art form - graffiti - to promote pro-Beijing messages on the handover anniversary.

The graffiti was painted on a purpose-built wooden hoarding spanning the entire length of a Happy Valley subway.

30 Sep 2012 - 10:18am 2 comments

King of Kowloon's graffiti to appear in new M+ museum

The late graffiti artist known as the "King of Kowloon" has finally won official recognition, with one of his works finding a permanent home in a public museum.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has bought a pair of wooden doors bearing the celebrated calligraphy of Tsang Tsou-choi, a legendary figure who died in 2007.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:03pm