In yet another example of unruly behavior from a Chinese tourist, a man deliberately destroyed stalagmite at a cave in Songtao County, Guizhou province, China.
The man, who remains unidentified, destroyed 50cm stalagmite at the picturesque cave with several swift kicks. It reportedly takes nature hundreds of thousands of years to create such stalagmites in sceni c caves.
Surveillance footage from the cave captured the moment the incident took place.
While tourists are busy taking pictures of the cave, the video shows a man trying to kick off the stalagmite on the side of the main path in the cave. He eventually succeeds and knocks off a 30cm long tip after making three attempts.
The cave administration immediately contacted the police. However, the man has not yet been found.
“It takes an excruciatingly long time – many thousands years – for a stalagmite to form from the ground up, drip by drip, or stalactites, which form downwards from cave ceilings, and they can hardly be restored,” said Cave enthusiast Wang Dayong.
Lawyer Chen Hao said such vandalism should be denounced and suggested that the cave’s administration have the broken stalagmite appraised at a laboratory.
“Police will detain the man if the appraisal value is above the threshold of criminal charge. If not, the administration office can sue the man for compensation,” said Chen.
Internet users also condemned the act.
“This is a deliberate action. We should have a blacklist to prevent badly-behaved tourists from entering similar scenic spots,” said one user.
While another one said, “Such scenic attractions belong to the nation and should not be wilfully damaged. (The man) deserves a serious punishment."