Travel: Don’t scribble on Mt Everest’s granite tablets, China warns tourists

(From AP)

Next time you leave silly messages on the world’s highest mountain, beware: China is watching you.

Mountaineering officials have scrubbed graffiti from two granite tablets on the Chinese side of Mount Everest’s northern base camp and plan to name and shame future defilers.

The graffiti grew so thick it covered the information about the mountain carved into the tablets in Chinese, Tibetan and English. The base camp at roughly 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) is a popular tourist site and has fallen prey to the sort of behavior the Chinese government says is uncivilized and vows to punish.

Along with publicizing the names of those leaving behind graffiti, base camp management is considering setting aside separate wall space just for visitors to write their names and other messages, a local tourism official, Gu Chunlei, told The Paper. Read More

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