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Ding Jinhao Was Here: What Defacing a 3,500-Year-Old Relic in Egypt Means in China

Fifteen-year-old Ding Jinhao didn't know what he was getting into when he scrawled his name onto a 3,500-year-old stone sculpture at an ancient temple in the city of Luxor, Egypt.

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Another Chinese tourist saw the etching and horrified by her countryman snapped a photo and posted a picture of the vandalized relic online.

Ding Jinhao then became the target of Chinese internet vigilantes. The episode has raised a conversation in China about etiquette when traveling abroad.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Rachel Lu, co-founder and editor of Tea Leaf Nation.