Pizza Huh, instead of Pizza Hut

HiPhone and APhone A6
Apple may have only one store in China — in Beijing, with a Shanghai store set to open this summer — but shanzhai iPhones have been a fixture in the country's bustling electronics markets for years. One of the earliest models, the HiPhone, which sold for as little as $100, had its share of problems, such as faulty construction and malfunctioning apps. The APhone A6, released last November, uses an iPhone interface to run Google's Android operating system.

The iPads sure look real. Upon closer inspection, however, one notices subtle differences. First, there's the screen size — roughly 5 in. by 7 in., or a touch smaller than the real iPad. But that's forgivable, given the extras, including a USB port, built-in webcam and expandable memory slot.
There are about 30 different iPad copycats on the market now, from Cynovo's C7 tablet to the creatively named iPed from Orphan Electronics.

Launched in January around the same time Google threatened to leave the country over censorship rules and repeated cyberattacks, the maverick Goojje incorporates elements from the home pages of both Google and China's most popular search engine, Baidu. The logo, for instance, uses Google's font but Baidu's trademark paw print.

Nat Nat Shoes
China is awash with uninspired fashion copycats like "Avivas" and "Pama." More clever are the Nat Nat knockoffs of Converse high-top sneakers, which have a zipper around the sole, allowing the wearer to transition easily from city to beach by turning the shoe into a sandal. At $30 a pair, the Nat Nats are reasonably priced, but as always, the quality is questionable.

Pizza Huh
In an effort to drum up business in Nanjing, a property developer took shanzhai to the next level in 2008, lining a street of storefronts with signs advertising knockoff Western chains, such as "KFG," "Pizza Huh," "Haagon Bozs" and "Bucksstar Coffee."

China's White Houses
Chinese architects have gone crazy for the city — particularly its iconic symbols of power. Full-scale replicas of the U.S. Capitol building have been constructed in recent years in the nondescript midsize cities of Wuxi and Fuyang, while in Hangzhou, real estate tycoon Huang Qiaoling has constructed a mirror image of the White House, complete with his own Oval Office and portrait gallery of American Presidents, as well as miniature versions of the Washington Monument and Mount Rushmore. Huang's bizarre estate is now a tourist destination — in 2002, then President George W. Bush paid a visit.

China's Next Top Model
Reality TV has been slow to hit China, but producers are taking their cues from the U.S. and Britain to make up for lost time. China now has its own versions of American Idol (Super Girl and Super Boy), Project Runway (the roughly translated Magical Talented Designers) and America's Next Top Model (obviously, China's Next Top Model).

Shanghai's World Expo Song
In the lead-up to Expo 2010 Shanghai, China lined up some of its biggest stars — Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Yao Ming — to record a "We Are the World"–style theme song titled "2010, Waiting for You." Shortly after it was released in April, however, netizens began commenting that the song's tune was strikingly similar to a 1997 ballad by Japanese singer Mayo Okamoto, "Stay the Way You Are." Expo organizers immediately suspended the use of the song — and then belatedly asked for permission to use the melody. Okamoto graciously granted the request.

China's Fine-Art Factory
Once a small village of 300 people in southern China, Dafen is now the center of the world's reproduction-art market, with factories of artists churning out tens of thousands of fake Picassos, Rembrandts, Van Goghs and Da Vincis each year.

The village (now a part of booming Shenzhen) accounts for 60% of the world's oil-painting market.

Huanhai Landscape VA3 and Lifan 320
In a luxury-car-obsessed country, the Beijing Auto Show attracts swarms of people each year to gawk at the most extravagant new Lamborghinis, Bugattis and stretch Range Rovers. Take the Huanhai Landscape VA3, which appeared at this year's auto show. It's an almost exact replica of a Lexus RX SUV.

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  1. Hahahahaha... Hoping there is Medium Format Camera made by China manufacturer, can't beat the price!

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