An impressive replica of the US Capitol Building has stood dormant in the city of Wuhan for several years now, becoming a makeshift home to wandering food vendors in the area.
The building features five floors and is configured in a U-shape, remaining faithful to many of the design elements of the original, namely the domed roof and Romanesque columns.
Originally intended to be used as a luxury hotel, construction halted after financing for the building dried up. It has now spent the past few years falling into a state of disrepair.
The building has not gone to waste, however, with vagrant food vendors now taking residence inside the edifice and local residents using the courtyard to grow vegetables.
The Chinese have quite the penchant for constructing replicas of world-famous architectural icons. Highlights from the past year include the Sphinx in Anhui, Louvre in Hebei and of course the 1 billion yuan replica Titanic currently under construction.
We should also give mention to the city of Wuxi which features, not one, not two, but four buildings which share a more than passing resemblance to the Capitol Building.