Tourists ruin the places they visit
Some tourists behave inappropriately, disrespecting the places they visit. They are willing to do anything from looting priceless monuments to threatening wild animals just to get their picture taken. Take a look at a selection of egregious cases of tourist behavior.
Tourists Destroying Oregon’s Popular Mountain Rock The sandy little duck rock was one of Oregon’s symbols, protected by a fence to keep people from getting close. However, that didn’t stop some vandals from climbing over the fence and moving the “platypus.” Eventually, it fell apart. The rock formation was also known as Pedestal Rock and Pacific Northwest Rock.
Tourists broke into an eco-park and ripped off all the lotus flowers This happened at the Lunqiao Cultural and Environmental Park, which is in Sichuan Province, China. The park was supposed to open soon, but after the actions of the tourists, it became impossible. The summer blooming season began in June, and since then, Chinese tourists have been barging into the park to pick lotuses. In addition, the tourists decided to fish and destroyed the fences of the park. Since March, the fences have been repaired five times. A park spokesperson stated that they “cannot control the tourists.”
Chinese schoolboy, 15, vandalized an ancient Egyptian temple A 15-year-old Chinese teenager from Nanjing named Ding Jinhao scratched his name into the ancient Egyptian Temple of Luxor, on the east bank of the Nile. Internet users quickly found the culprit, eventually forcing the boy’s parents to apologize for what he had done. The teen wrote, “Ding Jinhao was here” at the 3,500-year-old temple.
Tourists tortured dolphin by posing with it for selfies on Spanish beach
A baby bison was put to sleep after Yellowstone tourists put it in a car to keep it warm Two tourists thought they were doing a good deed, when in fact, doomed the animal to death. The couple found a young bison near a road in Yellowstone National Park and put him in a car to keep him warm, thus sealing his fate: it was no longer clear where he came from or where his mother was, which meant he couldn’t be reunited with the herd. Moreover, he began to approach people and cars on the road, creating dangerous situations. The bison had to be put to sleep.
A crowd of tourists at Ostional Beach in Costa Rica prevented sea turtles from laying eggs The National Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is one of the places where Ridley’s sea turtles nest. Unfortunately for them, hundreds of tourists on the beach scared the turtles away. Many even took pictures while standing on the turtles.
Tourists destroy beautiful flowering azalea trees in China (Liangshan Yi Prefecture): some even use the branches for barbecue
Tourists destroy natural wonders by carving inscriptions on them One of the famous moss-covered hills in Iceland has been destroyed. The moss can now grow after many years.
Tourists desecrate mosque in southern Morocco
Chinese tourists chase peacocks and tear feathers from their tails at Beijing’s zoo Beijing’s Great Wall Wildlife Park has become a place of animal abuse.
Tourists destroy a priceless Italian monument by trying to take selfies Selfies are not harmless. Locals living in Cremona, Italy, can certainly attest to this. One of the gems of Cremona is the famous “Two Hercules” statue. Unfortunately, two tourists broke the statue. The incident happened when the tourists climbed on the statue and took selfies. The culprits have not yet been found.
Tourist dropped the statue of St. Michael while trying to take selfies (Lisbon, Portugal) The statue is ruined and cannot be repaired.
People Destroy Stone Columns in Hampi After several vandals were caught on camera destroying the columns of the Vishnu Temple at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hampi, India, locals began demanding punishment for them. About a week after the video surfaced, the Karnataka State Police arrested four people. All of them confessed to the vandalism. Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the east central part of the state of Karnataka, India. It became the center of the capital of the Hindu Vijayanagar Empire in the 14th century. By 1500 it had become the second largest city in the medieval world (the first was Beijing), attracting merchants from Persia and Portugal.
Selfie Mania of Chinese tourists destroys rare pink grass
Yellowstone hot spring turns green because of tourists throwing “good luck” coins The hot spring pool in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (USA), has changed color from crystal blue to yellow-green because tourists throw coins and rocks into it and hope that good luck will follow them. Debris lodged in the pool’s vents slowed water circulation, lowered the temperature and allowed bacteria to breed, which causes unusual pigmentation.
Photos taken by a diving school in Bali show the coral decorated with the inscription
A man climbed the pedestal on which the statue sits, tried to take selfies and dropped the statue It was a nearly 130-year-old statue of Dom Sebastiao in Lisbon, Portugal. The perpetrator has been arrested.
Indonesian tourists vandalize monumental Olmec sculptures in Tabasco Two Indonesian tourists vandalized a total of 15 sculptures at the La Venta Museum and Park in Tabasco, Mexico. The pair sprayed liquid oil on the archaeological sites, one of which was a giant Olmec head (pictured), also known as the “Old Warrior.” The sculptures, which were damaged by tourists, date back to 1000 B.C.
Tourists destroy forest in Japanese bamboo forest
Recently, Margate Beach in Britain was covered with empty bottles, paper plates and other dirty “leftovers.” The BBC reports that Thanet District Council has cleaned up the trash and is trying to identify those responsible.
Tourists stalk endangered Tibetan antelope for selfies, fined 105,000 yuan
Brimham Rocks destroyed by tourists
A 4,000-year-old megalithic tomb in Spain, replete with Harry Potter inscriptions
Chinese tourists damaged ancient relief where dinosaurs roamed
Russian tourist fined 24 thousand dollars for the inscription on the Colosseum
Chinese tourists do stupid things in Yellowstone National Park
A boy tripped and punched a hole in a painting by Paolo Porpora (Taipei, Taiwan) One 12-year-old boy was visited by misfortune as he was touring the 1914 Huashan Art Center in Taipei, Taiwan. The boy accidentally tripped and punched a hole in a 17th century painting by Paolo Porpora. The work of art was valued at $1.5 million.
Top 25: Endangered attractions destroyed by tourists
It’s no secret that tourism destroys natural beauty and historic landmarks. At the same time, many countries and communities depend on tourism to keep them afloat. So the question arises: how can tourists help the country they are visiting without harming it?
Here are 25 historic places destroyed by tourists that are in danger of being destroyed!
25. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt Of all the historical sites destroyed by tourism, this catches a lot of people off guard. Between mountains of trash everywhere and crooks hunting for quick and easy profits, the area surrounding the pyramids is not exactly what many expect. In addition, numerous tourists are repeatedly caught attempting to climb the pyramids without permission.
24. Venice, Italy The tourism industry has largely taken over this city. In fact, things are so bad that the city has lost half of its permanent population in the last 30 years. The whole city has become a “tourist trap.”
23. Mount Everest (and surrounding villages), Nepal
Thanks in part to social media, the number of climbers on Mount Everest has increased dramatically. This has led to more garbage. In fact, there is quite a big problem here: the entire trail leading to the summit is strewn with human excrement and trash lying there for years (frozen).
22. Antarctica On the frozen continent, which is a classic case of how tourism destroys the environment, there has been a big increase in visitors lately. Everyone, from marathon runners to surfers, dreams of bragging about having been here.
The problem, however, is that no national government has jurisdiction here. no government is responsible for keeping the area clean or for protecting the environment. This is a side effect of the international level.
21. Machu Picchu, Peru Rediscovered in the early twentieth century, this attraction has steadily attracted more and more visitors. Weak local management and a strong influx of tourism have damaged the site-so much so that conservationists are struggling to keep it in good condition.
20. Parthenon, Greece While Greece counts on tourism, it becomes a double-edged sword for the country. The government even had to impose strict measures against tourists who leave the country trying to take stones picked up at ancient historical sites with them.
19. Stonehenge, UK Ever dreamed of wandering around these beautiful megaliths? Because of tourists leaving behind graffiti, chewing gum, and even excrement, it’s no longer an option. However, you can still stand behind the rope enclosing the famous landmark to view it from a distance.
18. Wadi Rum, Jordan A place that attracts people looking for adventure in the desert, it is a combination of mismanagement and tourist dollars that have led various groups offering jeep tours to devastate the environment.
17. Jaisalmer, India More and more tourists visiting this popular fortress are choosing to stay in the structure itself. The increased use of water and the crumbling infrastructure has led to the erosion of some parts of the ancient monument.
16. Iceland Thanks to low-cost airlines flying to the island, tourists from both Europe and North America are visiting Iceland in record numbers. This has led to excessive pressure on both the local infrastructure and the environment.
15. Cozumel, Mexico Increased tourism has led to the rapid development of an island once known for its unspoiled natural beauty and incredible reefs. And while the island’s economy relies heavily on tourism, the environment and rich cultural history risk suffering because of it.
14. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand Tourism has increased on the island made famous by the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio since 2000. In fact, the makers of the movie were even accused of damaging the picturesque islands.
13. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Every year thousands of tourists walk on trails once explored by Charles Darwin, putting pressure on the local environment. In 2007, UNESCO added the islands to its list of endangered historic sites.
12. Bali, Indonesia Although the island is known for its stunning beaches, its environment is polluted, traffic is increasing, and increasing levels of consumption are putting more pressure on local nature and culture.
11. The Great Wall of China Thriving tourism has inevitably led to negative effects throughout the wall as locals vie for tourist dollars. Graffiti and erosion are destroying the historic landmark at an alarming rate.
10. Cinque Terre, Italy Ever since more and more cruise ships began stopping at these quaint Italian fishing villages, the local infrastructure has come under extreme strain. The authorities even decided to limit the number of annual visits to 1.5 million people, which is already too many!
9. Yangshuo, China With the expansion of the tourist industry in China, this remote town is increasingly featured in advertisements. These days it attracts several million tourists each year which is quite hard for a once quiet village to sustain.
8. Taj Mahal, India Increased tourism and pollution from the local river have affected the world famous landmark. In fact, the Taj Mahal has even turned noticeably yellow!
7. Teotihuacan, Mexico These famous ruins have been literally trampled by tourists in recent decades. They even made headlines in 2004 when American retailer Walmart decided to open a store right there!
6. Mogao Caves, China In an effort to reduce the damage to the caves, the government has limited the number of visitors to 6,000 per day.
5. Santorini, Greece The most popular Greek cruise destination is struggling to preserve its environment and infrastructure, which have come under pressure from tourist attention. The island has recently joined the list of places limiting tourism, reducing the number of visits to the island to 8,000 people a day.
4. Angkor Wat, Cambodia Cambodia’s most famous landmark has long attracted visitors because of its well-preserved Khmer architecture. It is even depicted on the flag of this country! Unfortunately, tourism has led to the undermining of the integrity of the famous temple complex and some tourists even leave behind writings on the walls.
3. Roman Colosseum, Italy Like the Parthenon, the Colosseum is under intense tourist pressure. And even though the pictures look appealing, if you ever go there, you might be surprised at how much trash tourists leave behind.
2. Tulum, Mexico Over the past few decades, one of the last Mayan cities has lost much of its intact charm. The city’s historic roots are slowly disappearing with the advent of stores, hotels and infrastructure development caused by the flow of large numbers of tourists.
1. Lascaux Cave, France This is a textbook example of how tourism is destroying a landmark. The prehistoric cave was supposed to be closed in 1963. However, it was not done until 20 years after the damage caused by uncontrolled crowds of tourists was discovered.
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