Located in the middle of Yangtze River Delta, Huaxi Village (华西村) is arguably the richest village in China with every household in possession of 1 – 10 million worth of assets and 1—3 cars and living in villas of 400 – 600 sqm. To take its welfare benefits to another level and boost tourist industry, Huaxi Village has recreated some of the most famous buildings so that its villagers can enjoy famous city symbols right in front of their doorstep. While the village is happily celebrating its 50 years birthday and proudly presenting its accomplishment of recreating so many famous buildings, many netizens think it is just another squander by the government and refer the village as the most remarkable knockoff village in history (from ce.cn).
Clone Tiananmen stands on top of a mountain at north of Huaxi Village, occupying nearly 10,000 sqm. It looks fine but something important is missing.
Also on the mountain, mini Great Wall that is 10,000 m in length. It’s said that Huaxi Village spends up to 100 million yuan in building the knockoff Great Wall.
Knockoff Five Booth Bridge (up) V.S. the real Five Booth Bridge in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province (down).
The U.S. Capitol knockoff.
The White House knockoff.
Triumphal Arch knockoff.
Sydney Opera House, very knockoff.