12 places on the planet that won’t thank travelers for visiting them
Attractions suffer from many things: time, weather, poor quality restoration. But people harm them even more. What to hide, we all tend to have a desire to take a closer look, to touch an outlandish artifact contrary to the rules. And there are those who openly cause damage, leaving their “autograph”: “Vasya was here.” Recently, another sad tradition has been added: bloggers in social networks actively advertise this or that place or even the angle for a photo, after which crowds of hunters for beautiful frames rush to it, not thinking about their behavior at all.
Our editorial office is confident that most travelers value the cultural heritage of mankind and try to preserve it to the maximum.
Shattered steps and graffiti on the Great Wall of China
During its existence, the Great Wall of China has more than once experienced problems: the collapse of some of its parts, erosion, vandalism and time that spoils it. For any traveler, this attraction is the main attraction on the list of visits: if you haven’t seen the wall, you have not visited China. And, of course, everyone wants to walk along it, leave their mark. The latter really remains in the literal sense, since over time, due to the large number of feet stepping on the steps, rather impressive recesses appeared on them. Therefore, if you climb them, then step on the side where there are fewer dents. Sadly, people also paint a lot of graffiti on the wall. As a result, one piece of the wall was left for the travelers specially for signatures, so that they did not disfigure the rest.
Sand and irresponsible travelers obsessed with the idea of photographing at the pyramids of Giza
The pyramids are surrounded by desert, which for millennia has subjected them to strength tests, thinning the stone. The entire ancient complex is in need of restoration, which, unfortunately, was never properly done. Added to these factors is the irresponsibility of travelers, which sometimes climb the stones of the pyramid. Or – even worse – trying to grab a piece of breakaway rock.
In 2012, the French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin calculated how much money and time it would take to restore the Cheops pyramid. It will take 1,500 to 2,000 workers, approximately $ 5 billion and 5 years.
Jeju Island in South Korea suffers from a countless influx of tourists.
Seoul – Jeju is very popular among travelers, especially Chinese. Tourists visit the island to look at waterfalls and volcanoes. Young couples must visit the sculptural park “Land of Love”, to access which you must be over 18 years old, since the style of the sculptures is very frank. It is especially popular with Korean couples during their honeymoon. This is due to the fact that the practice of marriage registration under an agreement between the parents of newlyweds is still popular in the country. And it is during the honeymoon that the couples get to know each other closely.
In addition to newly minted couples, the island is visited by travelers from all over the world. In 2017 alone, 65,000 flights were flown between Seoul and Jeju, 180 flights a day and about 15 million travelers a year. It is scary to assume how much carbon dioxide was released during these flights. And then there are cruise ships, cars and mountains of garbage that travelers leave behind. All this led to the emergence of a bad environmental situation. The situation could get worse if a new airport is opened.
Erosion from touch slowly destroys the temple of Al-Khazneh in Jordan
The ancient city of Petra today is a gold mine for Jordan, as it brings a lot of money to the state from the tourism industry. But travelers also bring destruction. After all, everyone wants to touch the facade of the legendary Al-Khazneh temple and thereby damage the sandstone, which suffers from high humidity.
Chizhik-fawn regularly gets a concussion
For good luck or for the fulfillment of a wish, people throw coins, which should fall on a small monument. But often they miss, so they fall on different parts of the bird’s body, causing damage to the monument. Also, the poor fellow was repeatedly stolen (7 times!), Tried to go down to him to touch his head or beak. There is nothing to add, the guy has endured!
Angkor Wat in Cambodia has become the most popular attraction in the world, which is reflected in its condition
The temple complex, erected in honor of the god Vishnu, like many ancient buildings, is slowly collapsing under the influence of natural phenomena and people. Too many travelers visit it. In 2018, it took 1st place in the world in popularity, then it was visited by 2.6 million people. Angkor Wat wants to see every 2nd traveler visiting Cambodia. A third of the proceeds from ticket sales go to restoration work and projects that will help preserve the temple. But most of the money for restoration work comes from foreign governments.
A long tradition nearly led to the collapse of the Pont des Arts in Paris
Couples in love – both locals and visitors alike – had a popular custom – to cling a lock on the bridge as a sign of eternal love. And over time, there were too many of them, they created an additional load on the bridge, and as a result, one of the fragments of the lattice could not stand it and collapsed. After this incident, the city authorities decided to cut down almost all the locks. Today, only a few bars on the bridge, covered with locks, remind of the past tradition.
Pompeii faces a new Vesuvius in the face of tourists who do not appreciate culture and history
The ancient Roman city of Pompeii was already unlucky once when it was buried under the ashes and stones of the erupting Vesuvius in 79 AD. e. But in recent decades, a new threat has emerged in the form of travelers. In 2018, the archaeological site of Pompeii was visited by 3.6 million people, which led to some problems.
Some tourists do not hesitate to install tripods on ancient stones, others climb on them, and others even steal artifacts. Of course, there are guards who keep order, but there are too few of them. Some historians have found a way out for the park to hire permanent guides who will lead groups with a certain number of people. The main thing is to maintain a balance between the desire to touch the ancient history and the preservation of the historically valuable ancient city.
The monument to Oscar Wilde was almost irretrievably destroyed by loving connoisseurs of his work
Connoisseurs of the author’s creativity will definitely want to visit his grave, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. And the girls even consider it their purpose to kiss the monument to the writer, thus showing him their love. But it is not entirely mutual, since the stone of the monument suffered from strong manifestations of feelings, red lipstick literally eaten into it. As a result, a glass barrier was installed in 2011. Now kisses are left on him.
Lavender fields in Surrey, which are not allowed on weekends
There is a Mayfield Lavender Farm in the county, which is loved by all fans of stunning photography. However, the owners were not taken aback and decided to charge travelers a small fee for a photo session – only £ 4. And on weekends, the entrance is completely closed due to the large influx of visitors.
The cave city of Uplistsikhe in Georgia may disappear due to travelers who want to touch everything, and erosion
The cave city is full of stunning artifacts. It can be called an open-air museum, where travelers have absolute freedom of action, which is not always normally displayed on an ancient site. And this is not the only threat to the city, erosion and a seismically unfavorable area are also dangerous for it.
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is visited by a lot of travelers who are ready to do anything just to look at its underwater world
The reef can be seen even from space, it is a real miracle of nature with its own ecosystem. There are more and more travelers who want to look at it every day, but there are several restrictions for tourists, which makes the situation a little easier. Ships and hotels built on parts of the islands also damage the reef with their infrastructure. Tropical hurricanes are also badly affected along with the rapid growth of the population of predators that eat coral polyps.
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