Chinese Museum Closes Because Of Fakes

A visiting writer noticed some of the fakes. Like an ancient artifact bearing Chinese characters that first appeared in the 20th century. And an ancient vase bearing modern looking cartoon animals.

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Museums are booming in China. Hundreds opened in the last couple of years. Though one expensive museum has already closed down after a visitor noticed some fakes, like a supposedly ancient artifact bearing Chinese characters that first appeared centuries later and a Ching Dynasty vase bearing modern looking cartoon animals. A museum official told the daily telegraph that, of their 40,000 objects, at least 80 are real. It's MORNING EDITION.

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