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Administration matters. Both longer term administrative traditions and recent transformations have an impact on the ways in which heritage is managed in China, from excavation, to research, to museum opening. Curiously enough — and quite counter-intuitively if one does not know the Chinese administration — the excess of decentralization explains to some extent the destruction of heritage often referred to (professionals in charge of protection are ‘hostages’ to the local administration; incentive mechanisms toward digging activities; institutional fragmentation and jealously; lack of respect of norms).