Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chinese Schoolboy Vandalizes Egyptian Temple

It is saddening to hear that there are some visitors do not show their respect and preserve the historical sites from vandalism. Chinese travelers have been criticized for their uncivilized behaviours such as being rude and arrogant, disobey rules and regulations, vandalism, talking very loud in the public, running instead of walking, spitting, pushing (jumping) on queues and many more while they are traveling outside of China. As such, these incidents remain a lot of negative impressions and hatred by other culture. Chinese travelers should be educated and reminded about their behaviours, mannerism and to show their respect towards other culture while traveling in overseas countries

Chinese boy defaces ancient Egyptian sculpture, prompts online outrage

ChinaFotoPress / NBC News
A 15-year-old Chinese boy is feeling the full weight of online opprobrium after it emerged that he had scrawled his name on a 3,500-year-old Egyptian sculpture during a visit to the country with his family.
BEIJING – A 15-year-old Chinese boy is feeling the full weight of online opprobrium after it emerged that he scrawled his name on a 3,500-year-old Egyptian sculpture during a visit to the country with his family.

Parents of the boy, Ding Jinhao, have apologized publicly for their son’s actions after a photo of the graffiti surfaced and prompted more than 254,000 mentions on China’s Twitter-like service Weibo.
Internet users decried the defacement of the ancient site and called for renrou sou suo, or the Chinese phenomena of “human flesh search engines,” in which netizens expose those who have run afoul of Internet communities.

As the online manhunt gathered steam – becoming one of the most popular trending topics on Weibo this past weekend – Ding’s family found out that photographic evidence of their son’s vandalism as well as private information about him was being published publicly online.
In a bid to stop the hounding, Ding’s parents did an anonymous interview Sunday with a local newspaper, Modern Express. In it they both apologized for their son’s behavior, describing him as “a good student” but a little bit “introverted.”   
They declined to say how old Ding was when they visited Luxor, but they implied that he had been much younger. They also confessed that they had not been watching their son while on tour in Egypt and that they discovered their son’s vandalism the same day it happened.
“When we were told by our son about it, we disciplined him immediately and he realized his wrong doing then,” his mother was quoted as saying.

The couple blamed themselves for their son’s actions.

“When he was little, we often took him travelling,” she said.  “When we saw similar situations [of graffiti], we never told him it was wrong.”

Fallout from the confession was immediate and severe. Users hacked the website of Ding’s primary school so that visitors first had to click on an image saying "Ding Jinhao was here" before continuing to the homepage.

“Would an apology be enough if he had destroyed that cultural relic?!?” one Weibo user demanded. “You should take responsibility if you have done something wrong, no matter if you are a kid or not.”
Many users were quick to blame Ding’s parents.

“It is the parents’ fault, children should be taught what cannot be done,” one user wrote,
Others said Ding’s actions reflected a cultural insensitivity on the part of many Chinese abroad.
“All tourists leaving China should be given a brochure and tested to see if they can behave themselves,” another joked. “If they can’t pass the exam, they shouldn’t be allowed to go abroad.”

Cultural sensitivity and bad manners have increasingly become topics of discussion in China. This month, Vice-Premier Wang Yang warned that “uncivilized behavior” of some Chinese tourists was harming the nation’s image.

To combat what Wang called the “poor quality and breeding” of Chinese tourists, China recently passed a new tourism law that will attempt amongst other things to “promote a healthy and civilized way to travel [and] to improve the level of civilization of tourists.” The new tourism law still faces many issues, such as the fact that its existence isn’t even recognized by the government agency charged with handling Chinese travel. A representative who picked up the phone at China’s National Tourism Administration told NBC News that there was no tourism law and that there had been no discussion of one.

With over 83 million trips overseas last year, Chinese tourists are increasingly leaving a bigger global footprint. It is also an extremely lucrative one for host countries: The United Nations World Tourism Organization reported that Chinese travelers spent a record $102 billion visiting overseas last year, a 40 percent jump from 2011.

NBC News’ Yanzhou Liu and Dalin Liu contributed to this report.


Luxor temple relic restored after teen’s vandalism, govt urges tourists to be civilized 
Global Times | 2013-5-29 0:08:01
By Zhang Yiwei
A scenic area in Pingdingshan, Henan Province, provides visitors with stones to satisfy their graffiti habit on Tuesday. Photo: CFP
A scenic area in Pingdingshan, Henan Province, provides visitors with stones to satisfy their graffiti habit on Tuesday. Photo: CFP / Global Times

Egyptian authorities Monday removed the characters scratched on a 3,500-year-old relic by a 15-year-old Chinese schoolboy, while Chinese media drew attention to a government convention that aims to promote civilized tourist behavior.

Officials from the Temple of Luxor in Egypt said the damage is not permanent, and the relic has been restored, China Radio International reported. 

The teenage vandal, from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, was traveling in Egypt with his parents when he scratched "Ding Jinhao was here" in Chinese characters on the relic.

Another Chinese tourist, who saw the vandalism, posted a photograph to his Sina microblog, and spoke of his shame that a fellow Chinese had done this. 

 The incident has triggered a backlash against poorly behaved Chinese tourists, both at home and abroad, with media reports exposing other examples of historic or protected sites that have also been defaced. Many have blamed the bad manners on a lack of education. 

The Chinese government announced recently a new raft of guidelines aimed at improving tourist behavior, encouraging them to be civilized. Spitting, littering, vandalizing, jay-walking and cutting queues are improper, the Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

Xiong Bingqi, deputy director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, said that while education in basic civility is lacking in schools, the Chinese education system is also a problem.

"We stress the sense of collectivism, instead of strengthening children's awareness of individual responsibilities. In this case, people are talking about the child making the whole country suffer from shame, which is not right," said Xiong, adding that children should be educated to have good manners. 

Li Mingde, vice president of Beijing Tourism Society, agreed that education is the problem, saying that there is always a wave of criticism following these incidents, but it never lasts long.

"Including more content on Chinese culture and national spirit in basic civilization education is the ultimate way to solve the problem," Li said.


Schoolboy's Egyptian temple shame

China Daily, May 27, 2013

The parents of a teen vandal from Jiangsu province have apologized to the public for the graffiti their son scratched on a stone sculpture in an ancient temple in Egypt, which triggered an online uproar as Internet users dubbed it a "loss of face" for all Chinese people.
Graffiti on the defaced Egyptian artifact says 'Ding Jinhao was here'. [Photo/china Daily]
Graffiti on the defaced Egyptian artifact says "Ding Jinhao was here". [Photo/china Daily]

A micro blogger found the Chinese characters carved on a cameo at the Luxor Temple, one of Egypt's most renowned archaeological sites, in early May. The characters say "Ding Jinhao was here".
The micro blog, posted on Friday night, triggered heated discussion online as the act of vandalism was condemned as being disrespectful to cultural relics.
Ding Jinhao's parents, who live in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, apologized for his behavior on Saturday and asked for forgiveness from the public after angry Internet users discovered and revealed the identity of the young man, aged 14, a middle school student in Nanjing.
"We want to apologize to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid attention to this case across China," Ding's mother said in Modern Express, a local newspaper.
Ding has realized the seriousness of his misconduct, according to his mother.
His father said they felt regretful after news about the case was spread online.
Shen, the micro blogger who posted the picture of vandalized relics, visited the Egyptian temple on May 6. "I felt embarrassed. It was my most unhappy moment in Egypt."
He said he hopes the case will remind Chinese tourists to behave while abroad and teach them the importance of protecting cultural relics.
The bad manners of some Chinese tourists, which include spitting and littering, have featured prominently in the media in recent years.
In March 2009, a retired man from Changzhou, Jiangsu province, carved his name on a rock in Taiwan's Yehliu Geopark, which triggered intense criticism.
In February, a tourist carved his name on a large cauldron in Beijing's Palace Museum. Failing to find the culprit, one of the museum's staff posted a picture of the vandalized cauldron online.
Chen Xu, a researcher from the China Tourism Academy, said the Tourism Law, which will take effect in October, will force some Chinese tourists to behave properly at tourist sites, but in the long run the key is to raise awareness of the importance of cultural relics and proper manners.
"Travel agencies and guides should also be responsible for preventing tourists from vandalizing cultural relics," he said.
Ye Qianrong, a professor of Chinese studies at Tokai University in Japan, said Chinese tourists' practice of writing their names at tourist sites could date back to the "cultural revolution" (1966-76), when many young students wrote their names in many places.
Ye, who hails from China, said the lack of education for good manners in schools and families is also to blame.

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