A Chinese tourist on holiday in Egypt was shocked to see graffiti in Chinese on a 3,500- year-old monument in Luxor. A photo of the graffiti was soon on his blog on the Internet. People in China couldn’t believe it!
They were angry and there was a big hunt to find the person responsible.They could find him easily because the message wasn’t very imaginative or clever. It was basically ‘Ding Jinhao was here’. That was enough for Internet users to find this particular Ding Jinhao, a teenager in Nanjing. His parents were quick to tell a local newspaper that their son was very sorry for his actions.
Ding’s graffiti was a terrible idea. It is a serious crime to write on a historic monument in Egypt. You can go to prison for a year for doing it. But in the past, people could write on monuments and no one was angry about it. At Giza there is an example of graffiti on a temple wall from 1244 BC. It says ‘Hadnakhte … came to make an excursion and amuse himself on the west of the Memphis, together with his brother, Panakhti’.
1. Why was it easy to find Ding Jinhao