China's Designating Graffiti-Friendly Sections of the Great Wall

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What is it about going to a famous place that makes you feel like you need to "leave your mark by defiling the spot with your name?" It's a particular problem, as you might imagine, at the Great Wall of China. China's solution? Let people do it—in a few specific spots.


The Guardian reports that Chinese authorities plan to section off a few parts of the nearly 3000-year-old wall as designated graffiti zones in hopes that people will stop carving up the rest of the famous monument. According to the official news:

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall has frequently had graffiti written on it in English and other languages, according to a statement from the district's publicity department.

A report on Beijing Evening News on Friday said lots of newly carved graffiti in foreign languages has appeared on the Mutianyu section, far more than the Chinese-language graffiti.

The No 5 Fighting Tower building is a popular spot for writing graffiti, with most of it in English, the report said.

Curse those English-speaking tourists. Still, the ploy seems like a clever idea—a better one than the old plan, which was charging people $120 to write their name on a fake Great Wall of China. [ECNS via The Guardian]

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No. Fuck these people. Let's instead make it 10 years in jail for defacing something of this much historical importance, and all of the countries in the world can agree not to bother helping their citizens that get arrested for something like this.

Seriously, the sort of person who would do this is a bad person.