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Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/9 16:23:39

Illustration: Luo Xuan/GT

"I liked the bronze qing (chime stone) very much and wanted to take it home and play with it."

So said a man surnamed Zhang to the police after being detained. He stole a bronze chime stone from the White Cloud Temple in Beijing in July. Zhang visited the temple while on a tour of Beijing. He saw the bronze qing in the temple's Baxian Hall, hid it in his backpack when no one was watching, and left the temple immediately. The Taoist priests in the temple missed the artifact and called the police. Zhang was later seized at a hotel. According to the court, the chime stone weights about seven kilograms and has been used in religious events since the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Zhang was sentenced to three month's detention and fined 1,000 yuan ($151).


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