China issuing authenticity certificates for temples to curb scams

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China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs has begun issuing certificates of authenticities to Buddhist and Daoist temples in an attempt to curb scams. The document is displayed outside the temple to prove that it is ‘genuine’. There have been a spate of scams involving fake monks and temples swindling money from tourists around the country. Authorities hope the certificate will help stop such problems by offering visitors a visible sign that the temple is real. The first two temples to receive the certificates were the Guangji and Fire God temples in Beijing. Read more:

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