China to Shame Tourists Defacing Mt. Everest

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA May 11: Chinese authorities in Tibet plan to name and shame tourists leaving graffiti on Mt Everest.

The rising trend of graffiti works and leaving comments such as “I was here” in several languages on monuments and signs at Base Camp on the Tibetan side of the mountain prompted china to come up with a plan to name and shame the tourists indulging in such practice, reports BBC.

According to the new plan, tourists have to register to enter the scenic area so that it would be easier to identify the culprits; the report quoted Chinese officials telling the local media in Tibet.
The month of May is the peak time for tourism to Everest in Tibet, with 550 visits a day to the base camp according to Xinhua, the official news agency of the People’s Republic of China

In order to avoid the untoward defacing of the Mount Everest like the graffiti zone at the Great Wall of China, China now plans to erect tablets on which tourists can deface instead to meet their demands to leave their mark.

“Starting this year, we will set up a blacklist system to punish badly-behaved tourists such as those who leave graffiti. The blacklist will be made public through media outlets,” said Gu Chunlei, Deputy head of Dhingri County tourism bureau.

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