A Recent History of China's Counterfeit Buildings and Cities

Tower Bridge

Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

Year built: 2012

A near-exact replica of the Tower Bridge of London, the Suzhou replica is a double construction of the original. The London Tower Bridge is emblematic of London, so why would China chose to copy an icon of a capitalist nation rather than draw on their own culture? A theory behind the construction of Western symbols, is the basic admiration of the Chinese of the Western culture. As a communist country that is trying to integrate capitalism, perhaps having a bridge associated with England - the country theorized by Marx to be the first to embrace communism, is a bit humorous.

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