Knockoff famous buildings seen in China’s richest village

| October 11th, 2011


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


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.

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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.

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  1. aodaliya ren says:

    I guess the writer has never heard of Window of the world in Shenzhen.

    There should be a monument to the Ai Fen there too.

  2. nonamemon says:

    Disney world did it first and lego world has one too.

  3. nonamemon says:

    All of Macau is a knockoff and Vegas too, stupid China girl.

  4. nonamemon says:

    My house looks like the houses in another city, so my house is a knock off those houses or the other houses are a knock off of my house.

    And they have a knock off the Luxor pyramid in Giza.

  5. Huzhang says:

    Oh c’mon that doesn’t look anything like the Sydney opera house

  6. Augis says:

    Isn’t it the village where they built a skyscraper recently?

  7. wasif says:

    damn!! the opera house knock off is pathetic even by chinese standards!

  8. John says:

    What does the villagers do to earn so much money?

  9. shouryuken says:

    korean guy,

    we need a corean voice on this article.

    where my partner at?


    ha, just playing.

    your pal

  10. chinmuncher says:

    Chinks- got no self respect!

    • Wenzai says:

      You probably don’t know this because you didn’t go to school but the Chinese invented self-respect so stop being ignorant

  11. Wenzai says:

    This article forgets to mention that people in the village work 7 days a week and have no vacations. That’s why the village built the tourist sites because the people do not have the luxury to travel to the actual places.

  12. Carl says:

    So about that GDP growth….

  13. Happytry says:

    Been there couple of times…..and to be honest…that place is really a ****hole…

    the “park” itself is an example of an abandoned theme park… …it was dirty, looked shabby…

    the “villas” or house…. well, to be fair….I’ve seen much better design in hangzhou or shenzhen…

    ….not to mention the complex that we stayed…the buildings surrounding the world largest bell(or something like that)… is a total joke for the richest village in china…

    sure…they are wealthy…but…they really need to re work the whole village to show that….as they advertised..

    all in all…..a very huge disappointment…for travelling…

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