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China’s fake Sphinx to be demolished after Egypt complains

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 May, 2014, 10:40am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 May, 2014, 10:40am

A replica of Egypt’s iconic Sphinx built in northern China will be dismantled after an Egyptian ministry complained about the structure, state media said on Sunday.

A massive replica of the ancient statue was built in Hebei province, the official Xinhua news agency said.

But Egypt’s ministry of antiquities complained to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) about the Chinese imitation, it cited a source as saying.

The report quoted an official with a cultural park on the outskirts of the provincial capital Shijiazhuang as saying the imitation would serve only as a temporary scene for shooting movies and television dramas.

“We are very respectful to world cultural heritage and express our apologies for any misunderstanding,” added the official, who declined to be named.

The replica, about 80 metres long and 30 metres tall, is made of steel bars and cement.

Already notorious for copying Western goods ranging from trainers to champagne, China is building up its replica reputation with a miniature Mount Rushmore, an Eiffel Tower and an entire Austrian village.

In the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, a park is scattered with sculptures including Michelangelo’s David, Rodin’s Thinker and the gigantic heads of four American presidents in a trend known as “duplitecture”.

An assemblage of Parisian monuments including the Eiffel Tower and a fountain from Versailles stand in the city of Hangzhou, as does a French village.

Among the most eye-popping examples are a copy of the Austrian alpine village and Unesco World Heritage Site of Hallstatt in the southern province of Guangdong, which even state media called “a bold example of China’s knock-off culture”.


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If China hadn't agreed to tear it down, Egypt should just build a exact replica if the Great Wall in Egypt. We in HK can build the Stature of Liberty in Victoria Park, in time for June 4th.

Whoever says that the Chinese have no sense of humor ??!!
Western media like to ridicule china for copying world's famous landmarks, yet they are more forgiving when US did the same in Las Vegas and Disney World.
Why Egypt is not complaining at the Sphinx replica in Las Vegas? I guess it is not "knock-off" if it is used to sell hotel rooms
I think it is Egypt that has no sense of humor. 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery", or so the saying goes.


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