Teenager etches name into 3,500-year-old temple

A tourist took this photo of alleged graffiti at the Luxor Temple in Ancient Egypt. Weibo.com
A tourist took this photo of alleged graffiti at the Luxor Temple in Ancient Egypt. Weibo.com

On the east bank of the Nile River sits an ancient Egyptian temple named Luxor. It’s home to six temples founded nearly 3,500 years ago. And now, one of the temple’s stone sculptures reads “Ding Jinhao was here.”

Ding Jinhao is a teenaged Chinese tourist who was visiting the temple with his parents and allegedly carved his name into a temple wall, according to a CNN report. Another Chinese tourist took a picture of the graffiti and posted it on weibo, a microblog similiar to Twitter in China.

According to CNN’s report, the original photo was re-posted close to 100,000 times and received more than 18,000 before garnering worldwide attention.

Ding’s parents spoke to Chinese media outlets, saying they “apologize to the Egyptian people and to the people who have paid attention to this case across China.” She added that her son has learned his lesson.

Officials apparently tried cleaning up the etching, but no water can be used on the centuries-old wall.


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