Counterfeit Paradise: China’s copycat manufacturing culture is scaling

by thewheatandthechaff

Paris, built 2007, Hangzhou

Paris, built 2007, Hangzhou

ORIGINALLY REPORTED IN WIRED: The shanzhai industry — China’s copycat manufacturing culture — is scaling. What started as “improved” local versions of iPhones has spread to buildings: on the outskirts of Shanghai, streets from the Netherlands, England and Sweden have been recreated; in the Changsha suburbs sits a full-sized Egyptian pyramid; and outside Hangzhou, there’s an Eiffel Tower. American photographer Matthew Niederhauser has been documenting these neighbourhoods and hopes to publish a collection, Counterfeit Paradises, this year.

Check out the original article here for illuminating descriptions of each of the odd locations featured.

Chateau Dynasty, built 2010, Tianjin

Chateau Dynasty, built 2010, Tianjin

Chateau Laffitte, built 2004, Beijing

Chateau Laffitte, built 2004, Beijing

Broad Town, built 1992, Changsha

Broad Town, built 1992, Changsha

Thames Town, built 2006, Songjiang New City

Thames Town, built 2006, Songjiang New City

Florentia Village, built 2011, Beijing

Florentia Village, built 2011, Beijing

Anting New Town, built 2005, Shanghai

Anting New Town, built 2005, Shanghai

Holland Town, built 2012, Shanghai

Holland Town, built 2012, Shanghai

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