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Here are some other faux pas by tourists that angered locals
As three woman cause outrage for stripping in a Rome fountain...

Three tourists have caused outrage after bathing in a Rome fountain

Three female tourists caused outrage in Rome recently after they stripped down to their bikinis and cooled off in a 400-year-old fountain to escape the summer heat.

The scantily-clad women caused uproar on social media after pictures emerged of them enjoying a splash in the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola.

Locals fumed at their apparent lack of respect for the 17th century monument, after they were snapped in the act.

But while they have made headlines around the world for their inappropriate behaviour, the women aren't alone.

Every year numerous tourists fall foul of local customers failing to brush up on the cultural faux pas of the destinations they visit.

Over the last few months, stories have surfaced of people posing naked at sacred monuments and thrill-seekers scaling ancient buildings.

MailOnline Travel has compiled a round up of some of the most embarrassing examples of tourists flouting local customs in recent years...

Scaling the Great Pyramid of Giza

Daredevil scales Egyptian pyramids in just eight minutes

Egyptian authorities warned holidaymakers who scale their pyramids that they risk being banned from the country for life after an 18-year-old German tourist illegally climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo.

The holidaymaker, from Munich, travelled to Egypt earlier this year with the intention of snapping photos from atop the mammoth 4,500-year-old tomb, risking his life and imprisonment after he was detained and questioned by police.

Following the crime, Egyptian Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty said the German Embassy in Cairo had been informed of the lifetime ban.

The tourist could also have been charged and sentenced to three years in prison for his stunt, which gained attention around the world and angered Egyptians.

From atop the Cheops pyramid, the teenager snapped photos of the Pyramid of Khafre and the hazy desert landscape below.

Defacing the Luxor Temple with graffiti

The graffiti read: 'Ding Jinhao was here' on 3,500-year-old hieroglyphics on the wall of the temple.

Later Chinese visitors who spotted the violation posted a picture of the graffiti written in Chinese online along with comments expressing their disgust at the boy's actions.

The tourist, surnamed Shen, said: 'It was the saddest moment during my stay in Egypt, and I felt ashamed.

'We try to wipe out the shame with tissue, but it was difficult to clear it out, and we could not use water as the relief is a historical relic 3,500 years old.

'All of the 14 members of our tour group kept silent after seeing the sentence as we felt ashamed.'

The post prompted an online search which revealed Ding's identity, his date of birth and his school in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu Province.

The parents of 15-year-old Ding Jinhao then issued a grovelling national apology to their fellow countrymen over their son's behaviour.

Climbing fragile cherry blossom trees in China 

In March, a woman in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, was photographed climbing a cherry blossom tree wearing red stilettos to get the perfect selfie with the flowering tree.

Similar sights have been seen all over the city this year, with the trees being spoilt by misbehaving tourists who were spotted kicking, climbing and shaking them in order to capture social media-friendly snaps.

Visitors to areas of natural beauty across the country were being caught red handed trying to get the attractive petals to fall from the trees in a pink 'rain' according to People's Daily Online.

In Nanjing, authorities said that any tourists caught violating the state-owned trees in such a way will face fines and even be blacklisted from certain areas. 

Tens of thousands of domestic tourists have been flocking to different sites enjoy the remarkable sight of the home-grown trees, which have been popular in Japan for decades.

Nearly 30,000 people last weekend alone have been enjoying the cherry blossoms.

Recently the Chinese obsession with the spring blooms reached absurd levels, when a group of tourists were reported to have broken into a prison to get a glimpse at its famous cherry trees.

Taking a bath in in one of Venice’s famed canals 

With Venetians already fed up with the tourist hordes who invade their city every day, the bizarre scene sparked outrage and calls for a crackdown on holidaymakers with bad manners.

Footage showed the man splashing around and using the water to clean his armpits, shoulders and back.

The video, recorded by someone on the other side of the canal, was supplied to local newspaper Il Gazzettino, which said the footage had been uploaded to Facebook.

The man was not wearing a shirt or trousers, although it was not clear in the video whether he was fully nude.

Urinating in the flower beds at Shanghai's Disney theme park

In May, a woman was photographed allowing a child to urinate in a flower bed at Disney’s new $5.5bn (£3.8bn) theme park in Shanghai. 

The child was allowed to pass water in full view of other visitors, who travelled to the park just to hang out around its locked gates and peer into buildings that were not open yet.

A month beofre the park had even opened, visitors had made headlines after they trampled plants, picked flowers, carved graffiti into freshly-painted lamp posts and left bags of rubbish on the grounds.

Earlier this year, China announced it would be blacklisting Chinese visitors who left their mark on the stone memorials at Everest's Qomolangma Base Camp.

The decision came as a result of staff being forced to clean the monuments in Tingri County in Tibet twice a month due to the huge number of scribbles appearing on the plaques each day.

The base camp sits at more than 17,000 feet above sea level and is a key stop for those hoping to scale Mount Everest and many people visit the site for a photo opportunity.

But according to Gu Chunlei, deputy director of Tingri County's tourism bureau, visitors are destroying the scenic site with their graffiti.

He told The Paper that the scribbles have ranged from people's names to poetry and drawings and has increased with the growing number of visitors.

Most of these are in Chinese.

The Everest peak season starts from about May each year and during this time, staff have to clean the memorial at least twice a month to remove the graffiti.

Gu said: 'The uncivilised behaviour by a few tourists is impossible to control. Staff are even being verbally abused when they go and stop them.' 

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