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Mr Monkey visits the China Show at Urbis

"I'm not sure that Zan Bheng numbers do anything for the appearance of China"

Mr Monkey in front of some pictures of Ban Zheng numbers on rough looking buildings Mr Monkey in front of a picture of a poster with Ban Zheng numbers on it

It turned out that the number that puzzled Mr Monkey was a Ban Zheng number. These 11 digit "take care of certificates" phone numbers connect people to "businessmen" who sell counterfeit documents such as diplomas, driver's licences and identity cards so that they can get jobs. Apparently these numbers are scrawled on walls all over China, and there were some pictures by Scott Burnham to prove it. The Chinese authorities have just noticed all this graffiti and made anonymous mobile numbers illegal.

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