Amateur treasure hunters, armed with metal detectors and spades have descended on riverbeds in China recently exposed by a record summer heatwave. Photo: SCMP composite
Amateur treasure hunters, armed with metal detectors and spades have descended on riverbeds in China recently exposed by a record summer heatwave. Photo: SCMP composite

Amateur treasure hunters descend on Chinese city after summer record heatwave dries up riverbeds exposing precious relics

  • Treasure hunters swarm to dried-up riverbeds in hope of unearthing a ‘good harvest’
  • Ganzhou city authorities declare mass amateur digs illegal and call on people to hand over anything they have found

Amateur treasure hunters, armed with metal detectors and spades have descended on riverbeds in China recently exposed by a record summer heatwave. Photo: SCMP composite
Amateur treasure hunters, armed with metal detectors and spades have descended on riverbeds in China recently exposed by a record summer heatwave. Photo: SCMP composite
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