Teen defaces ancient Egyptian artwork

2013-05-27 16:17
Luxor - On Friday a micro-blogger posted a photo of graffiti at a temple complex in Luxor, Egypt, which said: "Ding Jinhao was here".

BBC reports angry internet users then managed to identify the teen, posting his date of birth and school online, reports said.

His mother reportedly told a local paper they were sorry for his actions.

Luxor is home to a large temple complex, located on the bank of the Nile River, believed to be some 3 500 years old.

"We want to apologise to the Egyptian people and to people who have paid attention to this case across China," Mr Ding's mother told local newspaper Modern Express on Saturday.

The report added that the boy had committed the act when he was a lot younger. It comes on the back of "uncivilised behaviour" of some Chinese tourists said to be harming the country's image.

Wang Yang, one of China's four vice premiers, singled out for condemnation "talking loudly in public places, jay-walking, spitting and wilfully carving characters on items in scenic zones".

Such "uncivilised behaviours" were "often criticised by the media and have damaged the image of Chinese people and caused vicious impact", he said, according to the website of the People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece.



Ding's parents have apologised for his behaviour


Chinese tourists spent $102bn (about R981bn) overseas last year, up 40% on the year before, and the UN World Tourism Organisation says China is now the single biggest source of global tourism income.
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