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Athens in Turkey? Chinese passengers mock mistakes on subway murals

Images on new subway line in Xian riddled with factual errors, news website reports

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 1:09pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 1:31pm

Subway users in a city in northern China have complained that the artwork and murals on a new line on the transport network is littered with factual errors, according to a news website report.

The design work and pictures are featured on subway Line 3 in Xian in Shaanxi province, which was opened in November, the China News Service reported.

One scene shows a Chinese Buddhist monk travelling to India in the 7th century to bring back religious tracts, but the image also features the Taj Mahal, which was built about 1,000 years later.

Internet users also pointed out that the Indian mausoleum was built during the Mughal Empire, a Muslim dynasty.

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Other errors included marking Alexandria and Cairo as cities in Saudi Arabia and not Egypt. Athens in Greece was said to be in Turkey.

The design team at the Xian Academy of Fine Arts said the Taj Mahal represented cultural, artistic and economic exchanges between China and India and there was no direct link with the 7th century monk.

The subway authority told the news agency that the geographic errors would probably be corrected after verification with the design team, but the public should be more tolerant of the artwork.