Ten incidents of stolen relics strike Shanxi

Updated 2016-11-23 16:33:50 chinadaily.com.cn
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      <!-SSE NEWSADEND SSE-><p>This year, exquisite murals were stolen from Puzhao Temple in Dongfengluo village of Pingyao county and Longtian Temple in Xilianghe village.</p><p>According to Beijing Youth Daily, in the past three years, at least 10 murals in ancient architecture have been stolen in Shanxi, including two city level relic protection units. Observed from evidence left at the site, the thieves' modus operandi was quite professional.</p><div style=The wall heart that was cut down and stolen from Yuanshen Temple in Jiexiu city of Shanxi province.

The 10 stolen pieces of ancient architecture were previously left without supervision, according to Tang Dahua, a cultural relic protection volunteer, who published a series of articles about the relic protection on Wechat.

"Stealing mural is quite difficult and needs much time to do. So if the mural is under tight supervision, thieves will not be so bold", Tang said.

The wall heart that was cut down and stolen from Yuanshen Temple in Jiexiu city of Shanxi province.

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