China has a well-earned reputation as the international leader in fakes and only looks to have extended their lead this year. We’ve chosen ten of your favorites, some for their convincing facades and others for their sheer ridiculousness.
10) After 8 years of plastic surgery, this woman looks almost exactly like Fan Bingbing
Meet He Chengxi. She spent the past 8 years going under the knife to make herself look like Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing. Her boyfriend even supported her dream, opening up his own plastic surgery clinic to help her out.
9) Another copycat Sphinx rises from the sands of Lanzhou, fake Parthenon too
One Sphinx bites the dust, another rises from the sands, such is the rhythm of life in the Middle Kingdom.
8) Police bust gang guilty of selling 10 tons of fake jellyfish
More than a ton of synthetic jellyfish was seized in Jiangsu province back in May. Fake Gucci, fake condoms and now fake jellyfish, being a consumer in China never gets old.
7) Mad Sheila, China’s shameless Mad Max ripoff, starts streaming online tomorrow
While Mad Max: Fury Road unfortunately never got a proper release in China, not to worry, you can always satiate your lust for post-apocalyptic insanity with Mad Sheila which appears to share more than a few similarities with the American-Australian blockbuster.
6) China begins building full-scale Titanic replica featuring ‘respectful’ simulated iceberg collision
China is now hard at work on its latest replica — the “New Titanic.” The future tourist attraction promises visitors a chance at experiencing a simulated collision with the iceberg that sank the original “unsinkable ship” more than a century ago.
5) Police seize over 10 million fake and unsanitary sanitary pads from sketchy Nanchang factory
Ladies, be warned. Chinese police made yet another high-profile bust in the lucrative counterfeit feminine hygiene product industry, arresting two suspects accused of making and selling over 10 million fake and possibly dangerous sanitary pads back in November.
4) British sculptor calls Shanghai sundial a complete ripoff of her own iconic work in London
This Shanghai sundial was torn down in November after a British artist called it a “complete copy” of her own famous sundial sculpture in London by the Thames. We have no clue how she could have got that impression.
3) Woman buys Apple iPhone6s online, gets a Pear Phone in the mail instead
In yet another cautionary tale, to not be an idiot online, a woman from Wuxi received quite the surprise when she opened up the package that she thought contained her new iPhone6s, only to find a pear on the back.
2) Shanghai’s largest vacant building? A shanzhai Pentagon that is even bigger than the real thing
In a particularly embarrassing instance of Chinese over-investment, this replica of the Pentagon remains the largest unoccupied building in Shanghai. However, with the opening of Shanghai Disneyland this year, officials are hoping that a little fairytale magic will finally bring the Pentagonal Mart to life.
1) Introducing Uncle Martian, China’s new blatant Under Armour knockoff
Back in April, a brand-new Chinese sportswear brand called Uncle Martain received a great deal of attention following its launch with netizens noticing its striking resemblance to a certain popular American sportswear brand. Afterward, Under Armour vowed to take aggressive legal action against the Chinese knockoff brand.
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