Thousands of artifacts at the Jibaozhai Museum may be fakes. Maybe it makes more sense to pay people to make fake artifacts than to pay them to loot real real artifacts from archaeological sites?
“Museums in China have long played a key role in reinforcing social segmentation, influencing the economy, protecting cultural heritage and enhancing nationalism. In 1977, following Chairman Mao’s death, there were only around 300 museums. Now there are thousands, and so the fight to provide originals has ironically led to the creation of false artefacts.”
From Heritage Daily