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Signs That Knock-off Major Brands Hang in a Fake Shopping District in China

by | 14th, January 2014

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AT the foot of the Shimao Skyscrapers in China’s Wuxi City, a fake shopping district has popped up featuring storefronts marked with signs that knock-off major international brands like Starbucks (now “SFFCCCKS”), H&M (now “H&N”), and Apple (now “Appla”).

Hug China reports that there are no actual stores behind the signs, that local real estate professionals have created these phony, but familiar, brands to make the property more appealing to potential buyers.

Apparently, from a distance, the stores look real and, according to South China Morning Post, “China’s netizens have quickly taken to calling the area a ‘street of fakes’ or a ‘shanzai street.’ Shanzai is the Putonghua word for knock-off.”

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images via Hug China and South China Morning Post for Chinanews.com

via Kotaku



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