Construction at the World Cultural Heritage Expo Park in Chuzhou city seems to be progressing quite well. Just two weeks ago, pictures of their nearly-completed Great Sphinx hit the web and now we can soon look forward to the construction of another magnificent cultural landmark—The Great Pyramid of Chuzhou.
The park in Anhui province received just a bit of negative publicity after pictures of its Sphinx went online earlier this month, including a Global Times editorial titled “Creative desert” that casts the replica as just the latest case in China’s dangerous turn toward pervasive creative copycatting. The Global Times recommends stricter governmental oversight to solve this problem.
Last year, the construction of a copysphinx in Hebei Province caused Egypt’s ministry of antiquities to file a complaint with UNESCO that the replica was a violation of Egypt’s cultural heritage rights.
Upcoming legal troubles aside, the park is already attracting lots of visitors—despite not actually being open yet—and we can’t wait to see what one-of-a-kind cultural monument they decide to rip off next.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Sina]