China’s largest Terracotta Army replica was proudly unveiled recently at a scenic spot in Anhui’s Taihu county.
For a mere 120 yuan, visitors can view thousands of full-scale facsimiles of the terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, which were made to protect China’s first emperor in the afterlife over 2,200 years ago.
In comparsion, tickets to see the real warriors are a whopping 150 yuan.
This latest shanzhai Terracotta Army comes at a precarious time. Last month, several platoons of fake Terracotta Warriors were smashed to bits in Xi’an in a crackdown against misleading museums and trickster tour guides.
On trips to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Army, tourists are often strongly encouraged to visit other less notable sights, like the “Eighth Wonder Museum” which features Terracotta Warriors with red lipstick and double eyelids.
But, in China, as long as you build your fake far enough away from the real thing, then there’s rarely a problem.
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