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Wacky Residential Compound with Knock-off World Landmarks

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Why travel the world when all of its major landmarks are right on your front door step?

Recently photographs of a residential compound in Shenyang, north-east China, showed that it has installed wacky knock-offs of various landmarks in its communal garden, including Egypt's Sphinx of Giza, Singapore's Merlion, Britain's Stonehenge and even the country's own Great Wall.

The residents have certainly made the landmarks a part of their everyday life as some people have started drying winter vegetables outside of the knock-off Arc De Triomphe, reported People's Daily Online.

Cabbage friendly: Photographs of cabbages drying near a fake Arc De Triomphe in a Shengyang residential area recently appeared online

Oasis? Far from desert conditions in Egypt, the knock-off Sphinx of Giza sits on a bed of green grass at the same residential area in China

Drought: The Merlion in Singapore is always spraying water but the knock-off version in Shenyang (above) seems to be having a dry spell

Images of a pile of Chinese cabbage being dried outside of the knock-off Arc De Triomphe started appearing online yesterday.

They showed Chinese cabbage and onions drying near and underneath the famous French landmark.

In the background, blocks of high-rise flats made it obvious that the pictures were taken far from the French capital.

Soon, images of other famous landmarks built in the residential compound have also started surfacing online.

They showed that the compound boasted its own, smaller versions of well-known landmarks like the Louvre in Paris, Sydney Opera House, Seoul's Namdaemun and Britain's Stonehenge.

Although the replicas had little resemblance to the real deal, it is an unusually large collection of knock-offs.

According to local reports, these mini sculptures had been erected there for around six years.

Some residents thought the developers decided to build them in order to make the property look more international.

Concrete jungle: Britain's Stonehenge appears to have been recreated using giant blocks of concrete in the knock-off version pictured

Out of place: The gate pictured is supposed to be Namdaemun in Seoul but the up-turned corner of the roof resembles a Chinese temple

It's a small world after all: Shengyang's 'Great Wall of China' is perhaps just over a hundred feet - many times shorter than the real thing

China has been known for producing knock-off architecture over the last few years and they are particularly popular in theme parks.

And while there has been previous reports of residential areas incorporating replicas, including an entire 'Paris' in Hangzhou, east China, this is one of the largest collections of knock-offs in one residential area.

It seems that knock-off architecture is particularly popular in the city of Shenyang as several other residential areas have also incorporated similar themes.

One residential area has its own version of the Statue of Liberty while another has an entire 'luxury street' resembling Champs-Élysées that's filled with misspelt brand names.

That looks familiar: A replica of Tower Bridge in central London has been created in Suzhou city, Jiangsu province, China

Carbon copy: A likeness of Mount Mount Rushmore in South Dakota has appeared in Shapingba Park, Chongqing Municipality, China

Imitation: A theme park in Chuzhou, east China, has its own clone of the sphinx (left) while the same residential complex in Shenyang has a 10-foot-tall Statue of Liberty

I've seen that before: In Shandong province, China, a model of the Eiffel Tower in Paris has been created to drive tourism

Thames Town in Shanghai is modeled on an English village. It boasts mock Tudor buildings, cobbled streets, and a Gothic church