China shuts museum with ‘fake’ exhibits—reports


BEIJING — Chinese authorities have closed a museum which contained scores of fake exhibits, including a vase decorated with cartoon characters billed as a Qing dynasty artifact, state-run media reported Tuesday.

The facility, built in northern China’s Hebei province at a cost of 540 million yuan ($88 million), has “no qualification to be a museum as its collections are fake,” a local official told the Global Times newspaper.

It had been closed, the paper said, while its founders have been placed “under investigation” after local residents accused them of wasting money.

Pictures posted by the state-run China Radio International (CRI) showed a vase decorated with bright green cartoon animals, including a creature resembling a laughing squid, which the museum displayed as a Qing dynasty relic.

Several items lining the museum’s 12 exhibition halls were supposedly signed by the Yellow Emperor, who according to tradition reigned in the 27th century BC, the Shanghai Daily reported.

But the signatures used the simplified Chinese characters brought in by the Communist Party after it took over in 1949, it pointed out.

The museum’s owner, top local Communist Party official Wang Zongquan, developed a reputation for agreeing to “buy everything brought to him,” the Global Times quoted a resident as saying.

Locals living near the museum in Erpu village told the Beijing News that Wang bought more than 40,000 fake exhibits at prices ranging from 100 yuan to 2,000 yuan.

They accused him of misusing village resources by funnelling money from land sales into building the ill-fated museum, which took up a four-hectare site.

China’s antiques market is said to be rife with fakes, and the country has come under fire from multinational companies for its freewheeling attitude to copyright enforcement.

“Similar fake museums are found in many places in China in search of monetary gain,” CRI quoted Chinese antiques expert Ma Weidu as saying.

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  • Lucky Luciano

    LMAO. Look who’s talking!

  • ReneV

    HAHAHAHAHA! YOU GUYS LOOK AT YOURSELVES IN THE MIRROR FIRST! even your claims to the West Philippine Sea are fake!

  • divictes

    Stop that now… I got jaw cramp laughing at this. Qing dynasty vase with cartoon characters! I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell Confucius skulls as souvenirs.

  • Rizal Bayani

    Made in China!

  • Chrisnadal19

    China is the king of FAKES, Not really a surprise here.

  • WeAry_Bat

    I thought it was Disney cartoon characters on a fake ancient chinese vase.

  • pogiako

    china = fake

  • i_am_filipino

    Tactics, Shut means open. CHina is a fake country. Low class chink that eats fake eggs and fake food. FAKE boundaries, fake country, fake food, fake medicine, FAKE HISTORY, FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE CHINK

  • phthlateous

    basta mga Intsik, anywhere sila nakatira :

    Number 1 – P E R A

    Number 2 – Deception and Fakery (to get Money)

    pati kapwa nila Intsik pine-peke rin

    Extreme and Absolute Addiction to Money = Intsik

    100% sure yan.

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