Caving a word, a phrase, even a complete poem or sutra along
with author’s name into a wall, column or stone is a time-honoured
practice in China, which permanently marks one’s visit to
a place. And it is how some rather ordinary places transformed
into tourist hot spots: there are graffities left by famous
historical figures. Some of those are considered national
treasures under government protection.
A historical graffiti
But the same can’t be said for new graffiti. In fact, during
this holiday season, Chinese authorities have tried hard
to stop people creating potential new tourist attractions.
Folks who show off their calligraphy skills on heritage buildings
are considered as bad as those who spit on streets, throw
rubbish in gardens, talk aloud in public or pester foreigners
to take photos with them. All these behaviours are now labeled "uncivilised
In future, China may have less tourist attractions but clearer
streets and intact heritage buildings.
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