Visitors to the exhibit have been throwing bills and coins at the feet of the Bodhisattva sculpture models since they were introduced in 2010. "to understand Buddhism and Gansu from an artistic point of view" and "not to pray for blessings."
"Could it be that they intentionally leave a few small bills to bait people?" web users asked of the mountains of RMB0.5-10 bills, incredulous as always. "What use are these?" another asked, "you're insulting Buddha - you should be throwing red ones [RMB100 bills]!
While the confusion in Lanzhou is somewhat understandable for Buddhists, visitors to Beijing's Museum of Natural History have even more bizarrely begun to worship this brontosaurus fossil, similarly showering it with petty cash.
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