China adds yet another sphinx to its many replica monuments
A huge replica sphinx has been built in China, the latest in a series of copies of the ancient Egyptian monument in the Middle Kingdom.
As well as the knockoff Great Sphinx of Giza, the Lanzhou Silk Road Cultural Relics Park has built replicas of the Greek Parthenon and other world wonders.
Lanzhou, in northwest China, is hoping the famous fakes will draw tourists, as well as the film and gaming industries, reported China Daily.
The town was once a major trading hub on the Silk Road, which China is trying to revive.
It is just the latest of many copies of world famous monuments, and sometimes entire towns, to appear in the country.
This sphinx may not be the largest but, made partly of corn, it blended well with its natural surroundings at an exhibition in Shouguang, Shandong province, in April.
The head of this sphinx - almost the size of the Giza original - here separated from its body, on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province.
It was recently dismantled by local authorities after Egypt complained to Unesco that its use as a film and TV filming location violated international conventions, the People's Daily reported.
This one possibly looks a little past its best, but can you guess where it is? (Answer below).
This full-size replica in Chuzhou, Anhui province, is, like the latest one, part of a "heritage park", although this version has been livened up considerably with some paint.
Corn, stone, plaster... ice? The creators of China's monumental fakes are certainly inventive with building materials, as this giant frozen sculpture at the Ice and Snow Festival in northeast Harbin demonstrates.
Perhaps hoping to recapture some of the ancient wisdom represented by Giza's iconic structures, a library in Wuhan, central China, is shaped like a pyramid, with a somewhat creative replica of the Great Sphinx standing outside.
But the fondness for foreign replication does not end with ancient Egypt.
Replicas of famous Washington buildings are common in China, but this is surely the only one that combines the Capitol with a Chinese temple design.
The same park, in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, also contains replicas of the pyramid at France's Louvre, some Chinese ancient buildings and, of course, Giza's Sphinx.
France is a not just popular with Chinese tourists leaving the country. Copycat Eiffel Towers can be found all over, with this one in a luxury real estate development in Hangzhou, eastern China, standing at an impressive 108m (350ft).
The builders of this housing development in Hefei, eastern China, were doubtless grateful they had slightly more modern tools to hand than did the creators of the original Stonehenge in the UK.
Less common than some of the iconic Western sights, Moscow's Kremlin nonetheless gets its own mini-me in Beijing's World Park.
And that one we were not sure about? Here it is from another angle. Yes, it is the Egyptian original. No, not convincing at all.