There are actors in the mainland who, bearing an uncanny resemblance to political leaders such as Mao Zedong or Zhou Enlai, work as lookalikes. And recently, a picture of a pie-seller who was the spitting image of President Xi Jinping has been doing the rounds on the internet. I have yet to meet my doppelganger and I hope that chilling encounter never comes. There are recorded cases of living people resembling dead ones in ancient China. In 678, China and Tibet were at war and the Chinese army was decimated by the Tibetans. One of the commanders captured, Wang Xiaojie, was released and sent back to China on account of his eerie resemblance to the late father of the Tibetan king. An armed revolt broke out in 684 against Dowager Empress Wu, who was ruling in the stead of her adult son. By chance, the leader of the rebellion found a man who looked like Wu's other son, the late Crown Prince Li Xian, and used him as a figurehead for the uprising, telling everyone Li hadn't died after all. It isn't clear how the rank and file of mostly commoners were convinced that he was the prince, given that the majority of them had probably never seen Li in the flesh. The revolt was put down after a few months.