Crackdown on tomb raiders, relic smuggling
Police in North China’s Shanxi province have seized over 5,000 historical artifacts and arrested hundreds of people in a crackdown on tomb raiding and relic smuggling this year.
The operation, which began in March, has been the province’s largest police operation of its kind. The police campaign has helped retrieve 5,730 historical artifacts, 33 of them under national-level cultural protection.
The number of suspects arrested and the number of relics retrieved both surpassed the totals between 2013 and 2017, the provincial Bureau of Public Security said.
Tomb raiding has been a serious problem in Shanxi, which is home to 452 cultural relics sites under state-level protection and more than 28,000 ancient architectural sites — the most in any provincial-level region.
Large numbers of travelers move slowly through Nanjing Railway Station in Jiangsu province on Sunday, the last day of the weeklong National Day holiday.