Egypt’s Olympians given fake Nike gear because real thing was too expensive

| July 27th, 2012

From Sina:

Almost all teams participating in the 2012 London Olympics all received sponsorship of sporting goods, or signed a formal sponsorship agreement with the company. However the Egyptian team did not. Egyptian Olympic Committee Chairman General Mahmoud Ahmed Ali admitted that the Egyptian athletes’ Nike clothing and backpacks are all fake. These Shanzhai products have Nike logos but with Adidas zippers.

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iPhone 5 ice cream appears in China

| July 4th, 2012

From Sina:

July 3, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, the most popular ice cream among students here is this one called “iPhone 5” ice-cream.

The price of “iPhone 5” is 1 yuan.  Although the ice cream sells really well, the ice cream shop owner told the reporter that it tastes nothing special.

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Shanzhai Lamborghini, 99% identical exterior, sells for 420k yuan

| June 24th, 2012

I believe, you only need to spend less than 300 yuan to own a smartphone that looks like an IPhone on the outside, but have you heard of spending 420,000 yuan for a “Lamborghini”? Recently, a report on the Internet with pictures and videos once again stirs up waves with the word “Shanzhai” in the Chinese auto market.

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Man buys a fake IPhone, stabs seller’s associate to death in rage

| March 3rd, 2012

From QQ:

February 28, at noon, a murder happened near the 27 Plaza in Zhengzhou city.  Two hours later, the police arrested the suspect Mr. Feng.  Reporter learned from the police station, 29-year-old Feng had bought a fake Apple IPhone from a dealer in the street.  When he found out that the IPhone was fake he carried a kitchen knife with him to the plaza, and was looking for the crook seller in the 27 Plaza for several days. In the […]Read more…

How to distinguish what kind of cell phone people are using on a high speed train?

| February 18th, 2012

From Weibo:

How to distinguish what kind of cell phone people are using on a high speed train?

Every passenger on the train are all concentrating on their cell phones.

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Obama Fried Chicken opening in China

| October 5th, 2011

From Netease:

Yesterday, a hot topic about OFC (Obama Fried Chicken) spread on the Chinese Weibo (micro-blog).  This is the name of a restaurant which was not yet open for business. President Obama’s cartoon portray is its logo.  Regarding to this little-known restaurant, KFC China already issued a statement saying it has no association with “OFC” and the other party has already violated the trademark rights of KFC.

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Photo hunt game of Chinese Shanzhai products

| July 31st, 2011

From Baidu:

“山寨 Shanzhai”culture is still popular in China. "Shanzhai" literally means "mountain village" or “mountain stronghold” and implies lack of official control. Shanzhai culture began when name-brand knockoffs flooding the market. However as it gains popularity its meaning expands. Shanzhai is not limited to imitation and pirated products but also parody to many mainstream culture and famous people and things look alike, like the model of the Beijing national stadium made out of sticks, Shanzhai spring gala show and so […]Read more…

Exposure of Imitation foreign brands scandals

| July 25th, 2011

From iFeng:

"山寨Shanzhai’ (knockoff) was once a buzz word referring to imitation and pirated brands and goods in China. Shanzhai products always have the obvious "signature": its crappy-looking appearance and dirt-cheap price. Thus a consumer buys the knockoff products and is prepared for its bad quality. For that reason, one doesn’t feel much cheated after buying the Shanzhai products. Now there’s another kind of Shanzhai– imitation foreign brands products. This time, the "signature’ is gone, for those imitation foreign brands products […]Read more…

Turning iPod touch into iPhone, Chinese shanzhai technology at its best

| August 9th, 2010

(PConline) Apple not only stands out from the crowd in innovation but also is a trend setter, its products attracted many companies in the world to make accessories for them, and even the well-known Sony could not escape. Recently a heavy-weight apple product accessory was born, when it was announced, which suddenly stirred up some huge waves in the Apple world, hitting everyone who pays close attention to the latest trend, making them to get ready to take out their […]Read more…

Fake ATM in Beijing steals from bank customers

| June 23rd, 2010

From Sina:

Recently, a shanzhai (fake) ATM appeared on the street of Xuanwu district, Beijing. Customers who used this “ATM” soon found that all their money in the bank account disappeared without a trace. Sina Reporter was told by the Beijing Police that the suspect Huang who set up the fake ATM was already arrested on the charge of credit card fraud. This is the first fake ATM case ever cracked in Beijing.

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45 years old peasant invests 100,000 to realize the dream of flying his own aircraft

| May 13th, 2010

Last August, Key reported about a home-made aircraft case where a Chinese photographer spent 100,000 yuan to turned his airplane drawing into real thing and made it to 400 meter high in the sky for 25 minutes before it landed safely. This May, a 45 years old  peasant also tried to fly his home-made aircraft up.  Shu Mansheng, a  peasant from Wuhan Hubei Province, used to sat under a tree looking up into the sky and fantasized himself flying like […]Read more…

Shanzhai Lamborghini by a post-80s Chinese

| April 27th, 2010

Lamborghini, how many men will kill for its high power output and sleek and exotic designs? However, it also carries a killing price tag. When most people day dreaming about riding one, some diehards dive into their basement or garage to Shanzhai one. (shanzhai: 山寨,copying, knockoff)

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Goojje.com, sister of Google?

| January 28th, 2010

A Shanzhai version of Google.com has just been created and launched in China, introducing www.goojje.com. It is not a joke, this website is to compete with the world’s number one search engine, it is also said to be a gesture to press Google to stay in China. The appearance of the website is almost identical to Google.com. “Google” is turned into Goojje, and in Chinese, 谷歌 became 谷姐. (姐:jie means “Sister” in Chinese.) The slogan under the logo reads […]Read more…

People’s Daily Building Design, Shanzhai Burj Al Arab?

| September 10th, 2009

[Netease] The new building design for People’s Daily (人民日报) has been confirmed, the selected winner was designed by Professor Zhou Qi (周琦) of Southeast University, School of Architecture. However, once the plan was made public, netizens immediately started heated discussions. Some people say it looks like an iron, some say it looks like an aircraft carrier or even a urinal pot (an old style vessel for urine, used in bedrooms). Also some people criticized the building design is a […]Read more…