Rather than face hellish crowds while climbing up the Great Wall of China during the May Day holiday weekend, some Chinese tourists decided instead to do the next best thing.
A number of tourists were photographed taking a trek up the Great Wall of Nanchang, which is a lot like the real Great Wall, but a lot newer and shorter. While the original wall was built many centuries ago and stretches out for over 8,000 kilometers across northern China, this copycat wall was opened in 2015 and runs for about 2 kilometers in a hilly area outside of the Jiangxi capital.
Admittedly however, this “shanzhai Great Wall” is still rather impressive, looking more than a bit like the real thing, drawing comparisons to the refurbished sections of the Great Wall like at Badaling about 80 kilometers northwest of Beijing. Visitors say they can hardly tell the difference. Meanwhile, the scenic spot is continuing to build its Fake Wall of China with plans that someday it will reach 4 kilometers long, hopefully saving the park from any Mongol invasion.
As the site grows in popularity we’ll have to see if it starts to face any legal trouble. Earlier this year, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor in Xi’an announced that it was planning to sue a knockoff Terracotta Army built in Anhui province that had been generating some buzz.
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