One Sphinx bites the dust, another rises from the sands, such is the rhythm of life in the Middle Kingdom.
Once a major trading hub on the Silk Road, Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, has finally managed to put itself back on the map with a knockoff Sphinx and a knockoff Parthenon. These are just the first two of many world wonders planned for the Lanzhou Silk Road Cultural Relics project.
On the bright side, at least this brazen attempt at attracting tourists is working under a bit of historical context. China’s most notable copy-Sphinx was suddenly built in 2014 by a movie production company, they would soon flank the Egyptian national treasure with replicas of the Temple of Heaven and Louvre Pyramid (all for just 10 RMB!).
Sadly, the Great Sphinx of Shijiazhuang only stood for less than three years, getting its head lopped up in April of this year, following complaints by Egypt to UNESCO, arguing that the 30-meter-high and 60-meter-long replica was not only inaccurate (being made of steel bars and cement), but that it would also have a negative effect on the country’s tourism industry.
With that Sphinx gone, this Great Sphinx of Lanzhou joins the one in Chuzhou (also constructed inside a “world heritage park”) as the only remaining traces of ancient Egyptian culture in China. Unless anybody knows of some more?
The Parthenon, however, is unique! Never seen anything else like it in the world for at least two millennia.
Could use a bit of fixing up though.
[Images via China News]