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Hundreds of Chinese tourists caught passing as military staff to see Terracotta Army for free

But ‘bogus soldiers’ fail to answer questions that should be common knowledge in the military

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 11:25am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 11:58am

Hundreds of tourists in northern China have been caught using fake military documents to obtain free tickets to historical sites and museums.

On Saturday and Sunday – the first two days of the National Day holiday – People’s Liberation Army personnel stationed outside the Terracotta Army Museum in Xian, Shaanxi province, confiscated more than 200 counterfeit booklets containing certificates issued for use by soldiers, officers, army cadets as well as handicapped soldiers, Shaanxi Television reported.

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An adult ticket to the museum costs 150 yuan (HK$175).

Dozens of other people have been found using the bogus certificates to enter other tourist attractions as military staff can visit such places for free.

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The army officers outside the Terracotta Army Museum said they were able to identify bogus soldiers by asking them questions about things that were “common knowledge” in the military.

“Are you serving in the military,” an army officer was filmed asking a woman with sunglasses. “Do you know what rank this is?”

As the woman shook her head the officer told her: “I have to confiscate this certificate.”

The tourists using the fake certificates were then told to pay for their tickets.

The report said it was illegal for ordinary people to carry military documents.

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The television report suggested the people who were caught were not punished or questioned, merely told to pay for their tickets.

Most of the people who use the certificates to gain free tickets were genuine soldiers, the report added.