Tourists hoping to beat the May Day holiday crowds at the Great Wall of China could opt to visit a copycat attraction. Photographs published online show recent visitors at the “fake Great Wall”, a 4km-long replica in Nanchang in eastern Jiangxi province, some 1,500km away from the real structure. The imitation of the ancient site is built on a range of hills like the original, with sections divided with watchtowers. But it still pales in comparison to the original structure, which stretches for nearly 9,000km. Parts of the Great Wall, a Unesco World Heritage site, were built during the Qin dynasty (221BC-207BC), but most structures remaining date to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The fortifications, built using stone, brick, wood and other materials, were meant as a line of defence against enemy invasions. China’s Great Wall: the good, bad and ugly sides for tourists The pictures of the replica in Nanchang were greeted with a mixed response on Chinese social media. “The Great Wall cannot be copied as its historical meaning cannot be replicated!” one commenter wrote. Another joked: “This Nanchang ‘Great Wall’ is quite good. There’s no copyright, is there?” A school in Wuhan in Hubei province showed off a replica stretch of the Great Wall two years ago after spending 4 million yuan (US$560,000) on the structure, according to media reports. China is notorious for copying famous buildings, with imitations found on the mainland of structures including the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Chinese city’s copy of London’s Tower Bridge sparks public debate Last year, British artist Wendy Taylor accused a Shanghai sundial of being a copy of her iconic sculpture Timepiece , which has been a London landmark next to Tower bridge since 1973. In 2014, a replica of Egypt’s iconic Sphinx was dismantled in Hebei province after an Egyptian ministry complained about the structure.