Ferrari ruins ancient Chinese wall

Featured Various Asia News - May 10th, 2012

A luxury sports car angered Chinese citizens after it left tyre marks on a centuries-old wall while at a promotional event. The car, a special edition Ferrari 458 Italia valued at six million yuan, showed off by doing 360 degree turns and left black marks. Cleaners tried in vain to scrub the marks away the next day. Citizens criticized the Italian automaker saying that it may have permanently damaged Nanjing’s ancient city wall, which is a protected landmark. It is a renowned ancient ceremonial gateway which dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). A Nanjing resident reacted on her blog, “If you do not respect the city, you do not deserve to stay here”. A preservation expert said the damage was detrimental to the history. Ferrari apologized, saying that it respected Chinese culture.