Chinas Knock-Off Wonders


A canal flows through the center of the Florentia Village in the district of Wuqing, located on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin June 13, 2012. The shopping center, which covers an area of some 200,000 square meters, was constructed on a former corn field at an estimated cost of $220 million and copies old Italian-style architecture with Florentine arcades, a grand canal, bridges, and a building that resembles a Roman Coliseum. (Photo by David Gray/Reuters)



A newly-built government building housing several departments including the Mentougou Weather Bureau is seen in Mentougou district of Beijing, December 22, 2013. Local residents said the new building resembles Moscow's Kremlin. According to a public bid-winning notice online, the total investment of the building was 9.34 million yuan (1.54 million USD), local media reported. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A visitor takes photographs of a replica of the White House at Beijing World Park, one of the three designated “protest parks” in Beijing July 25, 2008. (Photo by Claro Cortes IV/Reuters)



Children pose for pictures at the replica of Austria's UNESCO heritage site, Hallstatt village, in China's southern city of Huizhou in Guangdong province June 1, 2012. Metals and mining company China Minmetals Corporation spent $940 million to build this controversial site and hopes to attract both tourists and property investors alike, according to local newspaper reports. (Photo by Tyrone Siu/Reuters)



Laborers work on scaffolding near a full-scale replica of the Sphinx at an unfinished movie and animation tourism theme park, in Chuzhou, Anhui province, March 27, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)



A full-scale replica of the Sphinx, part of an unfinished theme park that will also accommodate the production of movies, television shows and animation, on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China, May 10, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



An aerial view shows a replica of the Eiffel Tower (C) and residential buildings at the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province April 8, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A Chinese worker walks past a replica of the leaning Tower of Pisa in Shanghai September 8, 2004. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)



A motorcyclist rides past a 10-metre-high miniature replica of the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris, in Jiangyan, Jiangsu province, August 10, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



Replicas of the Moai statues on Easter Island, at a business district in Beijing, May 22, 2013. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)



A replica of the Sphinx statue which is partly made of cereals is seen during an exhibition in Shouguang, Shandong Province, China, April 20, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)





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