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Thousands of people flood into a small village for treasure digging (3)

(People's Daily Online)    14:15, June 21, 2016
Thousands of people flood into a small village for treasure digging

Recently a small village called Houzhang in Jinhua, Zhejiang province has gone viral. Thousands of people rushed into this village for treasure hunting all because several days ago there was news of people digging out “rubies,” and one sold for 50,000 yuan.

After news spread out ever since June 17, it now has turned into a crazy collective digging event. Aside from people in the village, a lot of people are from other places and drive all the way to Houzhang to look for treasures. All people regardless of age and sex are now digging day and night, hoping to find a real ruby for themselves.

According to local villagers, the “shining stones” on the back of the mountain have existed for a long time. 40 years ago, there was an expert team that came to do geological exploration and a survey and ended up with nothing definite. Local villagers used to go to the back of the mountain and dig stones for fun. It was completely unexpected that now so many people would come to do treasure hunting and it has now affected the ordinary life of people in the village.

After journalists did investigations, they found that there are really a lot of red stones on the mountain in Houzhang, but almost all are of very small sizes and it cannot be determined whether or not they are real or pure. Some of the stones the size of a little finger nail were quickly purchased by a woman with 400 yuan.

No matter how much these “rubies” turn out to be worth, rational and civilized treasure digging should be advocated. 


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(Editor:Yao Xinyu,Bianji)

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