China Closes “Fake Museum”


China has closed an 88-million dollar museum and “patriotic education center” after the majority of its exhibits were found to be fakes, including such classic pieces as a Qing dynasty vase decorated with cartoon characters, despite the protests of curators who insist “at least half” the exhibits are genuine.

The Jibaozhai Museum, a 4-storey museum built in 2007 on a 4-hectare village site in China’s Hebei province for the sum of 540 million yuan, boasted 12 exhibition halls and was designated a “patriotic education centre” and tourist attraction by the government.

However, it transpires that most, if not all, of its 40,000 exhibits and “20 million yuan” collection were fakes.

These included items identified as having been made by a legendary emperor from 2700BC but signed in modern post-revolutionary simplified Chinese characters, porcelain using techniques not in existence when they were supposedly made, and a Qing dynasty vase decorated with modern cartoon characters.

Officials have launched an investigation and withdrawn its license, and the museum itself is now closed.

The owner protests that “even the gods cannot tell whether the exhibits are fake or not,” whilst the deputy curator maintains that “at least half” the exhibits are genuine, although he does concede “most of the exhibits were not verified by experts.”

The museum was rumbled after a Beijing writer visited and expressed his scepticism about the descriptions of the exhibits on Sina Weibo, prompting local authorities to investigate in response to the massive ridicule they suffered as a result.

The museum was already unpopular with local villagers as they received only 20,000 yuan each for their land after it was sold to developers for millions, but their objections were of course ignored. They allege it was used as part of a money-laundering scheme by the local magnate who built it.

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    Avatar of cats2
    Comment by cats2
    00:26 17/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm imagining vases with Haruhi and Madoka stickers on them now...

    "Ancient Chinese gods"

    indeed, lol..

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Truly ahead of their time

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Not fakes, just new history

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Historical items made everyday.

    -History Channel China-

    Avatar of Mitchell
    Comment by Mitchell
    08:26 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Bet it says "Made in Japan"

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I doubt it.

    "Made in Japan" is now expensive.

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    Comment by Diemeow23
    03:21 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can just imagine the what's left of the smart people in China looking at these with giant billboards with blank faces...and then proceeding to go about their way

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    Comment by Assassinister
    09:49 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    or Po the Kung Fu Panda. lol!

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    Comment by Assassinister
    09:57 17/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I bet they also got the male characters from Saiyuki like the monk Sanzo and others like the monkey king Gouku.
    Better yet they added the girls from Ikki Tousen.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't you mean the ancient chinese deities Hanluhi and Madukuo the japanese copied? Everything in the world was copied from ancient chinese inventions after all!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 17/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    " Everything in the world was copied from ancient chinese inventions after all!"
    Chinese communist propaganda at its finest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 17/07/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Oh, I forgot that China invented the Internet 5000 years ago.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of Chinese lose their morality because the Cultural Revolution, all in all, the C.ommunist Party makes Chinese people got worse.( Don't arrest me....)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Seems like someone's sacarsm detector is broken

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 17/07/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    saying this as you use chinese inventions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who lite up China again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A very useful invention. :D

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    Comment by Benoist
    10:05 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least, the ancient art of fireworks is still a strong national tradition.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure that counts, if it isn't supposed to be fireworks...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 18/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, it is supposed to be fireworks. Chinese invented explosives for ceremonial use, the westerners used them to invent firearms

    Avatar of Benoist
    Comment by Benoist
    21:33 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    if it booms, it counts

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 17/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Since China makes so many fakes, it's only fair they have a museum of fakes which parodies itself.

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    Comment by Renzo
    17:10 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Museum of Fakes

    I think it would be able to sell millions of tickets

    Parodying all the things in this world 'in fakes'

    Made in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 17/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    That's what you get for destroying cultural objects during the so called "culture revolution". You don't have to be a genius to predict that destroying your own history is not a smart move.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:08 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Communism ruined China like it has ruined every country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 18/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is actually endemic amongst their 'academic' circles: Falsification of history and origins to try and weakly claim they are the 'oldest' civilization, creating hoaxes about pottery pieces and 'ancient sites' that turn out to be fabricated.

    Oldest human origin and culture belongs to western greeks/european explorers, africans, and mesopotamia (india too along genghis).

    They even tried to claim Gengis Khan was 'chiense'. That's same as jews saying hitler was a 'jew' and thus their hero (because he looked more like them than other people), while it is well known the Great Khan HATED the han chinese with passion and made it his personal goal to rape and kill every single han chinese via genocide - he was only dissuaded when one of his advisors said it would be better to keep them as tax slaves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 18/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese 'historical claims': Get fucked by someone else, claim they are 'one of us' and say everything is 'chinese' when in fact not even their own language is original chinese anymore (the han chinese language was replaced by manchu-driven chinese dialect, which exists today as mandarin, while REAL chinese are considered 'dialects' today), not to mention their people who are just mongrels of every other nations around them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 18/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you're saying they're just like Americans, but in denial?

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    Comment by jindo ko
    00:47 17/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Protest? Haha, funny.
    Wasn't it their goal for the museum to be closed soon after opening so that they can sell the land and facilities for dirt cheap?
    Obviously the properties won't be sold to the locals who lost their land because of this fake museum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I think that is the true story

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A country that is famous for making knock-offs SHOULD have a museum dedicated to fakes. They could set up exhibits to everything from faux Reeboks to dubious Rolexes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 20/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd probably actually enjoy a museum dedicated to fake Famicoms.

    That Final Fantasy VII famiclone port would definitely deserve a spot.

    Avatar of cpc65
    Comment by cpc65
    06:26 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So Snarf from Thundercats gave it away?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "And as this vase clearly depicts, Mickey Mouse is actually an ancient Chinese creation. And over here you will see this ancient Chinese helicopter that predates Leonardo da Vinci, as well as this majestic porcelain toilet dating as far back as 1500 BC."

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    00:18 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They actually have museum authorities in China?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, but he's actually just a wax statue stolen from an American museum wearing a t-shirt with a Chinese flag on it. No one seems to have noticed yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh look, China being China!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Unfortunately, museums in the US regularly display replica items. The original is kept in climate controlled archive, only to be seen by special permission.

    Almost all dinosaur exhibits are not only replicas, missing bones are made by guessing what it would have looked like. Any standing fossil is a fibre-glass reproduction, as stone is too brittle and heavy to mount.

    Several Stradivarius violins in museums are fakes, as well as period furniture. Curators, no matter how educated or pompous, are fooled into buying scams. The narcissism and megalomania that most curators are afflicted with, would never allow them to admit a forgery or fake. It's all about funding $$!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 18/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one is saying replica is a forgery, if they state it so. What's being fucked here is their claim that all of their displays are 'authentic' and 'real'.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 19/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Museums rarely, if ever state this exhibit is a replica.
    Either fake or replica, you never get to see the real item.

    "Neither art historians nor scientists have been able to completely resolve the issue of the Getty Museum kouros statue's authenticity."

    "The Rijksmuseum, Netherlands, more noted as a repository for 17th century Dutch paintings, announced last month it had had its plum-sized "moon" rock tested, only to discover it was a piece of petrified wood, possibly from Arizona."

    "Most museum collections contain a certain number of forgeries, and the collections of the Kelsey Museum of Archeology are no exception. Over the almost one hundred years of museum collecting history, various objects of dubious authenticity have found their way into the collections."

    "In 1932, a New York retail magnate bequeathed a trove of artwork to the Brooklyn Museum, but after a series of recent high-tech inspections, many of the donations turned out to be fake. And because of the benefactor's will, the museum can't even throw them out."

    Just Google "museum fakes" and you'll find so many undeclared fakes, replicas, and forgeries throughout the worlds museum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's a private museum full of trollish works. They are more like genuine modern creations than old collections.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:22 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Check here, the items are very interesting actually. Even better if you can read Chinese.

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    Comment by kamiru
    22:38 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    some of those things are obviously fake or their ancestors were bad artists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well whats so surprising about this? isnt it half china fake and stolen goods and ideas?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    right, they steal the rocket and silk too. (SARCASM MODE ON)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Of course they did.

    They stole them from the silkworms.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    your point being..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 18/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG that is hilarious. (SARCASM MODE ON)

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 18/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    At some point you have to stop coasting on past achievements and live in the now.

    Now China is a civilization of exploding trash, fakery, and cooking oil made from sewage.

    If Confucious were alive today he would think China sucked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't know why this was closed. Personally I think it's awesome. Exhibits of ancient vases scribbled with Haruhi or Kirino or whatever would have become a holy place of pilgrimage for otaku all over the world, contributing to the local economy. Where is the Chinese entrepreneurial spirit when you need it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 17/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    they're building one in a more accessible province so the Japanese don't have to spend too much time travelling.

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