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Published on : Wednesday, May 11, 2016
It’s Chinese in the news again and for the wrong reason. This time they have added the Mt.Everest in their list of defacing. They have been defacing historical monuments in the past. They have left graffiti and doodles on the entrance tablet trying to spoil the beauty of the place.
China will introduce a blacklist system to name and shame errant tourists who are responsible in defacing Mt. Everest.
From this year Gu Chunlei, deputy head of the tourism bureau of Tibets Tingri county said that they are planning to set up a blacklist system where badly behaved tourists who are so many will be punished. The blacklist will also be made public through media outlets.
May is a busy tourist month at the Everest known as Mt Qomolangma, in Tibet and there is a huge inflow of tourists in the Base Camp. The total number of trips to the Base Camp topped 40,000 in 2015 and an average of 550 trips were made every day during the busy season.
With Nepal being not such a favoured destination any more, Tibet has taken a lot of the load. Everest saw over 4.3 million tourists mostly Chinese visiting the site. In the first eight months of 2015 the region saw huge revenue of USD 3 billion.
Some visitors have left tablets at the camp and a viewing platform at the entrance of Jiawula Pass covered with doodles.
The Everest base camp is at a height of 5,200 meters above sea level which allows campers to take rest. The online photos show that the tablets are covered with doodles, mostly signatures of the climbers who were there with some personal messages. Gu Chunlei, has felt this need to meet this tourist demand and he has plans of introducing separately set up tablets for graffiti.