Mystery Chinese woman defaces Washington monuments

A National Park Service worker cleans paint off the Lincoln Memorial. Photo: AFP

A Chinese woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral has been linked to at least four other incidents of vandalism at US landmarks, including at the Lincoln Memorial, according to prosecutors and court documents.

Thursday, 1 August, 2013, 2:21am 2 comments

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

A Nanjing teenager scratched the words 'Ding Jinhao was here' in Chinese characters on a 35-century-old sculpture at the Temple of Luxor in Egypt. Photo: AP

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.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am 2 comments

Microblog justice can be too harsh

A 15-year-old boy named Ding Jinhao scrawl on a 3,500-year-old Egyptian sculpture. Photo: SCMP Picture

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

'I was here' Chinese carving on ancient Egyptian wall is decried on Weibo

The inscription at Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt. Photo: SCMP Pictures

“Ding Jinhao visited this place,” a not-so-mysterious carving reads on a wall of Egypt's fabled Luxor Temple.

28 May 2013 - 8:31am 7 comments

China Digest, December 21, 2012

The former site of Fuyang Theatre was destroyed in a fire early yesterday morning, Anhui Business Times reports.

21 Dec 2012 - 4:34am

Vandal throws paint over Black Madonna of Czestochowa

The revered Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Photo: AFP

Polish police detained a 58-year-old man after he threw vials of black paint at the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, an ancient Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary believed to work miracles.

A pane of glass over the painting protected it from any damage during the incident on Sunday, local police spokeswoman Joanna Lazar said.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

Garbage cans in Dalian stolen to pickle vegetables

A Dalian resident strolls on the city's Russian street. Photo: SCMP

People are stealing garbage cans from the streets of Dalian, the second largest city in China’s Liaoning province, to pickle food, Sina news reported on Tuesday.

30 Oct 2012 - 5:52pm

US snowboarding Olympian Shaun White busted over drunken tear

Shaun White at a Nashville police station. Photo: Reuters

Two-time Olympic snowboarding gold medallist Shaun White has been charged with public intoxication and vandalism after an incident at a Nashville hotel.

White, 26, was a guest at the Loews Vanderbilt in the Tennessee city where the incident took place on Sunday.

19 Sep 2012 - 8:49am

Vandals smash into Sing Tao news building

Police cordon off Sing Tao's building in Shau Kei Wan after vandals smashed the glass. Photo: Dickson Lee

Vandals drove a car through a glass wall at Sing Tao News Corporation’s office in Shau Kei Wan early on Thursday morning.

The car reversed into the glass wall at the entrance of Sing Tao’s building at 3 Tong Wong Road shortly after 3am, smashing two panels. The drivers then fled the scene.

30 Aug 2012 - 7:47pm

All the city's a canvas as taggers have their spray

Illegal graffiti appears to be on the rise, despite crackdowns

Judging by some of the facades of our beautiful city, spray-painted graffiti is on the rise.

While the police do not keep numbers on graffiti incidents, the Sunday Morning Post has spotted many prohibited markings - or 'tags' in the lingua franca of graffiti - throughout Hong Kong Island.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Banksy is making his mark in the art world


21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Vandals attack district councillors' posters

Banners promoting district councillors belonging to the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood have been slashed in Kowloon City in what appears to be a politically motivated attack.

'Vandalism used to occur in isolated cases before an election, but we have never suffered damages of such scope,' councillor Lee Kin-kan said.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Government's actions environmentally unsound

It saddened me that the SAR government had to wrap up trees and benches with plastic sheets on public property in order to discourage vandals and litter louts during the New Year celebrations.

The sight of wrapped-up trees and of government officials congratulating themselves made me very angry.

5 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Revolting eyesore scarring hillside

Would the Environmental Protection Department like to explain why a section of the landscape along Tai Tam Road has been vandalised by graffiti?

13 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Unsightly numbering a form of vandalism

Mui Shue Hang playground near Tai Wo is a well-kept, almost pristine, park that has approximately 1,461 trees.

I know this number as, about two years ago, each tree had a large white number painted upon it that was clearly visible to all.

9 May 2002 - 12:00am