It looks as though this apartment brochure for Weihai city in Shandong province has, for some inexplicable reason, used a photo of Vancouver’s Yaletown as its cover and tried to pass it off as Weihai.
Reader Nicole, a Vancouver native, sent along a picture of this brochure she picked up in Beijing showcasing apartment units in Weihai, or, China’s “most liveable city”.
The place is called Bay Palace and there’s a gorgeous picture of a waterfront and apartment complexes with beautiful mountain as a backdrop.
Wow, I think. Weihai really is beautiful. It looks almost like Vancouver (where I’m from). Man, look at those mountains… Actually, this place looks a lot like Yaletown… there are boats, and that even looks like the Burrard Bridge… Hey, wait a sec, it IS the Burrard Bridge! That IS Yaletown! (all processed in about three seconds)
This is the brochure featuring “Weihai”:
The funny thing is, as Nicole points out, that Weihai is in itself a very beautiful city, as seen below:
This begs the question: Are these advertisers genuinely, for whatever reason, trying to pass off Weihai for a well-known city in a completely different country to its clientele, or did some image query go awry and several half-asleep directors let it pass thinking it was Shandong province’s waterside city?
The original picture, without color manipulation and size adjustment, is believed to be here under “Vancouver Info Centre”.
Readers, what do you think? Does this look like Weihai to you?
[Images via: clickanic]