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Chinese tourist scribbles name on ancient Luxor Temple
The graffiti 'Ding Jinhao was here' can be removed without damaging the ancient stone relief, Egyptian officials say
Nevine El-Aref , Monday 27 May 2013
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Graffiti on a temple wall in Luxor reads 'Ding Jinhao was here'

A 15-year-old Chinese tourist has caused an international outcry after a picture of his graffiti on a wall of the ancient Luxor Temple was shared on Chinese social networks.

The message ‘Ding Jinhao was here’ scrawled over a carved scene on the temple wall depicting Alexander the Great was photographed by a group of Chinese tourists, who according to Chinese blogs failed in attempts to remove the marks.

According to AFP, Jinhao was subsequently targeted by Chinese hackers, and his parents issued an apology to Egyptians and to the Chinese, saying that their son had “cried all night.”

The Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities told Ahram Online that it had assigned an archaeological committee to investigate the incident and examined the damages caused. The committee has reported that the marks made by Jinhao are superficial and can be easily removed.

Minister Ahmed Eissa told Ahram Online that the section of the temple wall can easily be restored to its original appearance.

In order to prevent the repetition of such incidents in the future, Eissa said that he had ordered the Luxor archaeological inspectorate to assign an archaeologist to escort any tourist delegations during their visit, and would increase the number of inspection tours carried out at the city's archaeological sites.





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icydanger
03-06-2013 10:01pm
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graffiti in China?
I wonder what would of happened had this tourist scrawled graffiti on a Chinese historical ancient religious site. and i am glad all these huge blocks cannot be easily stolen away and disappear like the small pieces ....
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Democracia
30-05-2013 09:27pm
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The worst damage
The worst damage to Egyptian monuments is done by Egyptians themselves on a daily basis by throwing tons of garbage and shit to the monuments and its surroundings - EVERYWHERE! Without any awareness... Where is the international outcry for this!
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Kevin
28-05-2013 04:24pm
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Solution...
Put up a barrier that keeps tourists an arms length away. This will not be a panacea for graffiti, but may help prevent this from happening again. Either that, or put up plexiglass similar to what is in some of the tombs. The family of this boy needs to pay the restoration bill.
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frankly
28-05-2013 12:29pm
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Sad it is. But i can argue that a temple scarred the planet and a child scarred the scar. :)
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Alison
28-05-2013 04:32am
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Careless and lazy Egyption gaurds and shame on Chinese
They must pay for their action, and stopped from visiting Egypt forever. This teenager name should be put on the black list of all travel website and airports. I'm not sure why the Egyptian authority is asleep, do you have any law, any action to vandalism? It seems that you are careless and useless. If this happen over here it would be a heavy penalty for the family to pay and possibly jail.
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Myra
27-05-2013 07:16pm
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Vandal should be penalized!
So will pay for the cost of restoring this temple wall? The Egyptian government should definitely bill the family of this stupid brat! I thought there were severe penalties against this sort of thing? Because if this is not considered outrageous by the Egyptian government currently in power. .. then if (or when) Salafists desecrate holy Egyptian monuments, will they let that go too?? Kudos to the Chinese blogger who reported this...now will someone with brains question why the Egyptian tour guide did not notice this. .. and why is there no obvious security around the monuments?
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DT
28-05-2013 03:26pm
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rubbish
egyptian citizens who throw rubbish everywhere in the country should also be punished. it's laughable that egyptians are so dependent on their government, and they, themselves, are so careless and don't reflect on their own deeds at all.
zara
28-05-2013 11:41am
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ur right
i love egypt and egyptian history and this news just really cheesed me off. You can not put a price on history especially something so fragile and unique. This wall is damaged because of this idiots graffiti any way so id rather the egyptian council/government do something to hide it. Super annoyed!!
Marilyn
28-05-2013 07:37am
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PROTECT ANCIENT MONUMENTS
Well said Myra! There most definately needs to more security around these magnificent monuments. So glad they were able to trace the culprit.

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