China brings the world to its doorstep with scale replicas of famous tourist destinations from across the world.
Labourers work on scaffolding near a full-scale replica of the Sphinx at an unfinished movie and animation tourism theme park, in Chuzhou, Anhui province. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters
A farmer carries a rake walks down a dirt road past a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Tianducheng, developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co Ltd, started construction in 2007 and was known as a knockoff of Paris with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower standing at 108 metres (354 ft) and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least 10 thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered as a "ghost town", according to local media. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters
A newly-built government building housing several departments including the Mentougou Weather Bureau is seen in Mentougou district of Beijing. Local residents said the new building resembles Moscow's Kremlin. According to a public bid-winning notice online, the total investment of the building was 9.34 million yuan (Rs 9 crore), local media reported. Photograph: Reuters