The Masters Of Knock-offs Have Set Their Eyes On World Famous Architecture

Even going as far as entire cities. If you haven’t noticed how Chinese companies are excellent at cloning almost every single product known to mankind, you must be living in another universe. They have copied everything from smartphones, sneakers, designer bags, toys and even food. Over the last few years, Chinese architecture firms have slowly started to copy a few iconic buildings, monuments and even entire cities! We’ve collected some of the most bizarre architectural knock-offs that they have created.

Chinese MANHATTAN

Even going as far as entire cities. If you haven't noticed how Chinese companies are excellent at cloning almost every single product known to mankind, you must be living in another universe. They have copied everything from smartphones, sneakers, designer bags, toys and even food. Over the last few years, Chinese architecture firms have slowly started to copy a few iconic buildings, monuments and even entire cities! We've collected some of the most bizarre architectural knock-offs that they have created.

The Chinese Manhattan is complete with it's very own version of the Hudson River. They are estimating that construction will be completed and the city will be 100% liveable by the year 2019. I sure hope the rent is cheaper!

Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel

This knock-off in Zhengzhou was built in 1994 but only stood for 6 years thanks to the Fondation Le Corbusier.

French Villas

Another inspiration by the French, Chinese architects have begun to copy small French villas in order to give the Chinese suburbs a taste of the French countryside. These villas are not named after any specific city or town in France, nor are they named after specific villas. They are named after popular french attractions such as the Lourve and Versailles.

Little Venice

Venice did not manage to escape the copycat architects and has popped up as its own city in China as well. The details of the city have been copied down, all the way from St. Mark's Basilica, to the canals that define the European city. These canals are functional and man made and allow Chinese residents to take their Chinese gondolas down the canals of Chinese Venice.

Little London or Thames Town

Another European town? Yes. And just like the actual Little Paris, this place is a gated community that opened last 2006. It replicated Tudor-ish styled houses, a slightly Gothic church and even a fake Thames. Apparently, owning a place here was too expensive – for anyone – so it remains a ghost town until now.

Hallstatt, Austria in Huizhou

 The project costing upwards of $940 million dollars was made by a gigantic Chinese mining company. The world famous UNESCO-listed Upper Austrian Village was replicated without permission and may now be found in China. Hopefully people actually seek out to find the original and boost the tourism of the actual village.