A Chinese woman traveling to Vietnam received an unpleasant surprise last week when she discovered that border staff there had written some very nasty messages in her passport.
The Guangzhou woman, surnamed Zhong, handed her passport into Vietnamese border staff at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. When they handed it back, she discovered that the words "F*ck you" had been written on two separate pages.
The offensive scrawlings appeared on pages that feature a Chinese map with the nine-dash line — a point of contention between the two countries with regards to claims in the South China Sea. The map appears on three different pages throughout the most recent version of the official PRC passport — pages 8, 24 and 46. The offensive messages scribbled in Zhong's passport appeared on pages 8 and 24.