China has more sphinxes than Egypt.
Saying that sentence out loud raises all sorts of eyebrows, but it’s true. There’s one in Ningbo, one in Anhui, one in Lanzhou, one (that used to be) in Hebei, etc. Yeah, you get the point.
The latest sphinx to be discovered in China resides on the campus of the Chengdu Textiles College, alongside replicas of the Statue of Liberty, a Mayan Temple, a US colonial house, and, of course, the Pyramids.
These copycat landmarks were originally constructed for a theme park in Chengdu. When that didn’t work out, they were simply incorporated into the college campus. Some on Chinese social media have laughed off the landmarks as useless fakes, whereas others believe that they offer many a chance to “travel” the world without forking out an arm or leg, or even straying off-campus.
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Forget Tsinghua or Fudan, Chengdu Textiles College is where it’s at.
By Christopher Shi
[Images via CCTV News / NetEase]
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