Beijing: Tourists who visit one of the world’s most famous attractions have been leaving their mark quite literally by etching their names into the ancient stone. However, now a section of the Great Wall of China has been set aside for graffiti in a bid to save other parts being vandalised by tourists.
A part of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China has been chosen as a spot for tourists to scrawl graffiti. File pic
Authorities chose a popular stretch of the ancient monument where visitors can scrawl their names in the hope it will stop the spread of graffiti. A spot on the Mutianyu section in Huairou County was chosen, as it is one of the most popular tourist spots along the wall.
The graffiti section will be set up at one of the fighting towers that has become a common place for tourists to scrawl on the walls. The wall attracts millions of tourists per year, 40 per cent of whom are estimated to be foreigners, which explains why most of the graffiti is in English. The minders of the Great Wall are reportedly also considering ‘an electronic graffiti board,’ to hopefully cut down on the desecration of the site.
Number of tourists that visited the Great Wall of China in 2013