Remade in China: The Top 9 Chinese Landmark Copycats

Roughly 20 percent of the world’s population lives in China. Many world-famous monuments do as well, if you’re not beneath browsing the knockoff racks (and we know you’re not).

In a country known for faking everything from art to Apple stores, landmark forgeries fit China’s distinct artistic and business culture, as documented in a book and recent Departures story by Bianca Bosker. Which one’s real, and which is a wonder of the world whipped up in China? *Scroll to the bottom for the answer key.

1. The Tower of London Bridge Please, China–copy Fergie next. Actually, don’t.

A view of Tower Bridge over the river Thames in London, Thursday, June 19, 2014. AP Images.

View of the cloned London Bridge in Suzhou city, east Chinas Jiangsu province, 5 July 2012. Credit: Fanfan haochi - Imaginechina

2. The Eiffel Tower If Chinese factories end up making pencil sharpener souvenirs of their own country’s Eiffel, the world might finally fold in on itself.

Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero square Image taken at night. June 2014, Paris, France. NICOLAS MESSYASZ/SIPA / AP Images

The half-sized copy of the Eiffel Tower is pictured at Tianducheng, a small Chinese community replicating Paris, in Hangzhou city, east Chinas Zhejiang province, 7 August 2013. Credit: Liang zhen - Imaginechina / AP Images

3. The White House In 2012, Chinese hackers made the president’s pad a target. A few years earlier, Fuyang city made its town hall a tribute.

A flag flies at half-staff above the White House in Washington, Friday morning, Nov. 22, 2013. Credit: AP

View of the town hall of Yingquan District government, a replica of the White House, in Fuyang city, east Chinas Anhui province, 28 June 2008. Credit: Lu qijian - Imaginechina / AP Images

4. Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy SOHO Not above a little intranational imitation, the Meiquan 22nd Century project in Chongqing was accused of copying Beijing’s Galaxy SOHO designed by Zaha Hadid.

View of the Galaxy SOHO, designed by Zaha Hadid and developed by SOHO China in Beijing, China, 5 March 2013. Credit: ccfdcb - Imaginechina / AP

The Meiquan 22nd Century project, which allegedly copies a design of Zaha Hadid in Beijing, is under construction in Chongqing, China, 6 January 2013. Lao xu - Imaginechina / AP

5. Holland Village Insult the wrong princeling during your travels? You could try hightailing it to China’s serene Dutch landscape, complete with its own version of The Hague court. It probably wouldn’t work, but you could try it.

The Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, July 20, 2012. Credit: AP

Buildings are seen in the Holland Village, in Shenyang, northeast Chinas Liaoning province, September 5, 2008. Credit: Li shuangqi - Imaginechina / AP

6. Manhattan’s skyline As of press time, we’ve yet to confirm whether China has also replicated the squawks of diabolical seagulls and the din of berserk cab horns to complete the experience.

This is an aerial view of lower Manhattan, New York, with the Brooklyn Bridge spanning across the East River to Brooklyn, background, June 23, 1999. Credit: AP

Modern office buildings are under construction in the Yujiapu Financial District in the Binhai New Area in Tinajin, China, 4 September 2012. Credit: Wei ta - Imaginechina / AP

7. Versailles Castle Only in China could a big drug company like Harbin Pharmaceuticals model their headquarters after the height of historical opulence. Actually, no–this would make sense for a big drug company anywhere.

Visitors walk under The Arch of Versailles, a work of art by Korean artist Lee Ufan, displayed in the gardens of the Versailles Castle, west of Paris, Thursday June 19, 2014. Credit: AP

The headquarters of Harbin Pharmaceuticals is pictured in Harbin, northeast Chinas Heilongjiang province, 7 September 2011. Credit: Zhang qingyun - Imaginechina / AP

8. Venice’s Grand Canal Oh, to behold the glory of a Chinese gondolier. Bucket list, update thyself! And of course, Hangzhou city’s Rialto Bridge is built for industry as well as romance.

Venetian gondolas pass on the Grand Canal ahead of the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Italy, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Credit: AP

Boats sail along the Grand Canal in Hangzhou city, east Chinas Zhejiang province, 21 June 2014. Credit: Le yan - Imaginechina / AP

9. The Water Cube Who says massive Olympic construction projects are a waste of money? In Macau, which is known as “China’s Vegas,” this second ostentatious cube wouldn’t exist without the original from Beijing’s 2008 summer games.

A Chinese man is silhouetted near the National Aquatics Center also known as the Water Cube, as engineers test the lights embedded into the bubble surface of the building in Beijing, Tuesday, March 4, 2008. Credit: AP

People visit the newly-opened Casino Oceanus at Jai Alai in Macau on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. Credit: AP

*The top ones are the originals! If it took you until here to divine this, you’re going to have an incredible sightseeing tour in China!

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