Chinese Tourists Behaving Badly

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An act of vandalism by a 15-year-old from China on a vacation in Egypt has sparked a Chinese debate about tourist misbehavior and national shame. While traveling with his family in Luxor, the boy wrote “Ding Minhao was here” on an ancient Egyptian relic that dated back 3,000 years. Another Chinese tourist snapped a photo of the vandalism and posted the shot online. An uproar ensued. The boy’s parents have now apologized and asked for forgiveness, while Chinese cyberspace is filled with accounts of thoughtless Chinese visitors leaving their marks at tourist sites worldwide.

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