Underage girl is investigated by police after defacing the Great Wall of China with a message to her love interest
- A Chinese teenage girl is under probe after leaving graffiti on the Great Wall
- Her love message was found after she posted a picture of the writings online
- Staff said that the graffiti was removed and did not cause substantial damage
- Police have summoned the minor for investigating the incident, reports say
A Chinese teenage girl who wrote a love message on the Great Wall of China has been under probe after the graffiti was reported to police.
The minor, known by her surname Li, reportedly uploaded a picture of the writings online on Saturday before outraged social media users quickly shared her post.
The graffiti didn’t cause substantial damage to the bricks and has been removed, staff from the historical site said.
Police are currently investigating the incident, according to an official statement from the Great Wall’s management office today.
Screenshots of Li’s love message were shared by Chinese social media users who were angered by the teenage girl vandalising the ancient monument. The picture of Li on the Great Wall was saved by web users before she deleted the original post
Li’s post included a selfie picture of the teenage girl on the scenic spot while another photo showed two names written on the bricks with a love heart in the middle. The names were believed to be Li’s and her lover’s
The underage girl uploaded the controversial post on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, on May 9, according to the press.
Li wrote: ‘I want the Great Wall to know that I still love you, very, very much…’
The post also included a selfie picture of the teenage girl on the scenic spot while another photo showed two names written on the bricks with a love heart in the middle. They are believed to be the names of Li and her love interest.
Screenshots of Li’s love message were shared by Chinese social media users who were angered by the teenage girl vandalising the ancient monument.
The original post has been deleted after it became viral, Chinese media report. The teenager has also changed the name of her Weibo account.
The incident was confirmed by the staff at the Great Wall of Mutianyu after they found the writing on a brick of one of the watchtowers yesterday.
A site manager told the press that they traced down the tourist after looking through their booking system. The minor was thought to come from Hebei province of northern China.
The graffiti did not cause any substantial damage to the wall because it was written in limestone powder, the management office said today in an official statement.
‘We believe that it was written with a limestone block.
‘After consulting with the department of heritage protection, [we] have removed the writing mainly using a cloth and some water,’ the statement continued.
The authorities said that the historical site had been marred by graffiti and carvings made by tourists for years.
Tourists are pictured at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China on the first day of the five-day Labour Day on May 1
The Great Wall of China has reopened to the public since late March after being closed for nearly three months due to the coronavirus epidemic. Tourists walk inside a watchtower while visiting the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China on May 1
‘As the guardian of the Chinese people for more than a thousand years, the Great Wall is the cultural treasure of the Chinese nation.’
The statement urged: ‘We once again appeal to the vast number of tourists to visit civilly, care for the Great Wall, and protect our precious cultural heritage together.’
The office also said that police is investigating the incident after being notified yesterday.
Media reports suggested that the police summoned Li for further investigation. It remains unclear if the underage visitor would receive any punishment.
The news comes after another teenage girl was caught defacing the Badaling section of the Great Wall on March 24, the first day of the site reopening after the coronavirus lockdown.
Social media footage showed a young girl writing on the ancient wall with her keys discreetly while saying ‘write quickly, otherwise the guard would shout at us’.
A manager from the site later told the Beijing News that the minor had been scolded by the staff for her behaviour.
The district government of Yanqing, where the Badaling Great Wall is located, also planned to introduce a credit system which would blacklist unruly tourists and ban them from booking tickets to local scenic spots for a whole year.
Great Wall of China: The world’s largest man-made structure
The Great Wall of China is the world’s largest man-made structure.
It is thought to be around 13,170 miles long. The wall was constructed in several sections over a period of around 1,000 years.
Building work started during the Qin dynasty (259BC to 210BC) as part of a defensive line against enemies to the north.
Large sections were built during the Ming dynasty (1368 to 1644) to help defend against the Mongolian tribes.
The sections built during this period are what most tourists tend to visit today.
The Great Wall also provided a border boundary that allowed the Chinese authorities to impose duties on goods carried along the Silk Road trade route.
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