Tibet mulls blacklisting Chinese tourists who defaced Mount Everest site
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Tibet mulls blacklisting Chinese tourists who defaced Mount Everest site

THE Tibetan government is planning to come up with a blacklist of mainland Chinese tourists who vandalized landmarks on Mount Everest.

The proposal for the blacklist was made after the authorities recorded a high number of graffiti incidences in the mountain’s scenic zone over the past few years.

Most commonly, informative signage were often found to be defaced with scribbles of Chinese names at Everest base camp monuments.

According to the South China Morning Post, the plan for the area, known on the mainland as Mount Qomolangma, echoes a name-and-shame scheme introduced by the China National Tourism Administration last year.

This, the paper reported, came after a string of cases of uncivilized behavior by mainland tourists both at home and abroad.

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Another example of a monument defaced by Chinese tourists. Image via SCMP.

Xinhua reported Deputy tourism director of Tibet’s Dingri county, Gu Chunlei, saying more than 40,000 tourists visited the zone last year and the number has risen in tandem with the cases of Chinese tourists marking their names on monuments.

Gu said: “It’s difficult to prevent this kind of uncivilized behavior by a small number of tourists. Some people argue with us when we try to stop them.

“The spectacular natural scenery has lost its beauty because of the graffiti.”

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He said apart from increasing patrols and awareness campaigns, the blacklist would also aid in preventing vandalism, as Chinese tourists would be required to register before entering the scenic zone.

The local authorities have also set up special walls where the tourists are allowed to scrawl graffiti.

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The misbehavior of a segment of Chinese tourists have earned them a bad reputation both at home and abroad. This has posed a headache to the Chinese government, which has issued advisories and guidelines on how its citizens should conduct themselves when visiting foreign countries.

Most recently, Chinese tourists flocked to the unopened Disneytown complex at the Shanghai Disney Resort to catch a preview the new theme park, but had reportedly left it ‘trashed’. 

Some were documented wreaking havoc outside the venue, such as defacing lampposts, trampling on flowers, and excreting in public areas, earning wide condemnation by netizens on Chinese social networking site, Sina Weibo.