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China takes copying to new heights

China takes copying to new heights

Taipei, April 5 (CNA) While markets worldwide are no strangers to counterfeit products made in China, the country's notoriety reached new heights recently when knockoffs of the highly anticipated Apple Watch appeared within 24 hours of its official unveiling.
According to the Huanqiu.com technology blog in China, the fake Apple Watch is priced at about one-tenth of the genuine article.
Marketed as the D-Watch and the Ai Watch, the knockoffs attempt to mimic the look and feel of Apple's operating system with a customized skin running atop Google's Android operating system.
Meanwhile, fans vying to purchase a genuine Apple Watch must wait until at least April 24, with the lowest-priced variant to cost US$349.
In addition to products, copycat activities in China have now spread to the nation's most renowned landmarks.
A Chinese netizen brought to light a near-life-sized replica of Tiananmen Square in Beijing at Shanghai's Xuhui Riverside Public Open Space. As with the real thing in the capital, the replica also features Tiananmen Square's famous high red walls.
The netizen said he was told by a construction worker that the site was commissioned by a local art gallery for an exhibition and that the shoddy-looking structure, which took just 12 days to erect, would be razed after the event.
Despite the explanation, the construction drew the ire of many Chinese netizens. "The whole thing is devoid of creativity, a foul product of mimicry, have you no shame," one netizen raged at the exhibition organizers. Apart from domestic landmarks, a 3:1 replica of the Eiffel Tower has also appeared at a Paris-themed real estate development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. The development also boasts its own Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees.
(By Chou Hui-ying and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-20 01:08 GMT+08:00