5000 years of counterfeiting! Egypt deeply unpleased with China's fake Sphinx

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A full-sized replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza has appeared in a Chinese village near Shijiazhuang(石家莊) in China's Hebei(河北) Province. The sphinx is about 197 feet long and 65 feet high, and is open for tourist visits.

Ali El-Asfar, Chairman of the Egyptian antiquities department, filed a complaint to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over China's fake sphinx.

Egyptian authorities said the highly counterfeit fake sphinx of China has violated international regulations. El-Asfar also pointed out that the fake sphinx is not only inaccurately built, but will do harm to the value of the original Great Sphinx of Giza, and hurt Egypt's tourism and film industry.

A local filming company said the fake sphinx is a set piece and will be destroyed after production. They also say they are not charging fees to the visitors.

But this is not the first time China has made counterfeits of famous historical buildings and wonders.
A fake Eiffel Tower cropped up in Hangzhou(杭州), a fake Arc de Triomphe stands in Shaoxing(紹興), a fake London's Tower Bridge is available in Xuzhou(蘇洲), and there is even a fake White House toilet in Anhui(安徽).


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