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Pagoda vandalized

THE Square Pagoda in Songjiang District, one of the city's historical sites and scenic spots, saw its walls and columns heavily defaced with writing and even carving by tourists.

The site's management office said they can do little about it, except repaint the walls once a year.

The pagoda's first and second floors have been vandalized with writing while the upper floors have more scratches.

Some people left their name when they visited. Others left wishes for themselves and family. People paint words in white correction fluid on the red wall, while some carved on the wall with knives.

The behavior harms cultural relics of national significance and affects other tourists' ability to enjoy such important sites.

The Square Pagoda was built sometime between 1068 and 1094 during the Song Dynasty. The 42.5-meter-tall pagoda has nine floors. It is made of wood and bricks. The site contains the earliest fresco found in Shanghai and more than 100 ancient coins.


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