Lovers Scratch Names Into Copper Urn In The Forbidden City

Lovers Scratch Names Into Copper Urn In The Forbidden City
A Ming Dynasty copper urn at the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City, Beijing has been vandalized by having two names scratched into it. The artifact, which is located on the right side of the Imperial Garden’s south entrance on entry and is over 300 years old, now features the names 张涛 (Zhang Tao) and 刘雅 (Liu Ya) surrounded by a love heart on its surface. Although the palace can pass on suspects and CCTV footage to the police for prosecution purposes, the biggest penalty for the crime is currently just 200 RMB. One netizen said scum who damaged national cultural relics should be punished severely.

Source: qq

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  • Teacher in China

    Unreal. That’s a real lack of respect for history right there. In some cases, these kinds of things are ok – like really long stairwells of churches in Europe having names written or carved into them because, you know, it’s just a stairwell and big deal. But this thing is there strictly for its aesthetics, which have no been ruined by these assholes.

    • Jahar

      I don’t really think that’s okay either.

  • Amused

    200 RMB????
    That amount is a crime in and of itself. And why wasn’t this thing behind a rope?

    • Brian

      It’s just a copper fire-fighting urn. There’s dozens of them laying around the grounds. It’s not behind a rope because it’s not terribly valuable or significant. I saw people toss trash into them before.

  • Foreign Devil

    wonder if it would still just be a 200 RMB fine if you defaced the much less ancient portrait of Mao that adorns the forbidden City.

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