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China's Paris

Anyone who hasn't been to "The City of Light" in France would probably mistake the image above for the real deal, but upon closer inspection, all of the buildings and roads look off. That's because it's just a replica of Paris, France in China, called Tianducheng. It was originally planned as a city for around 10,000 inhabitants, but the current population is estimated at a mere 2,000 people, many of whom are "working on" a nearby French-themed amusement park. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Prison Restaurant

The Prison of Fire eatery has just opened in China and it aims to bring the true convict experience to the masses. Every party is seated inside their own Chinese prison-style cell, complete with food being served through a small hatch. To make things even more real, there are confinement rooms, water torture devices and in-restaurant entertainment, as in live music bands who play from inside a giant birdcage contraption, while you eat. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Fake iPhone Charger

If you see something that's too good to true, in this case, a $.99 iPhone charger, then it's probably best to avoid it. Unfortunately (or fortunately), there are many things that may look real in China, but are just bad knockoffs, especially when using "Designed by Aggle in California" is printed directly on something. Continue reading for more suspicious products and things you should probably avoid.

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Smartphone Walking Lane China

China is home to 700-million-plus smartphone users, which means the country needs to start experimenting with new ways to prevent mobile-related accidents. So, on a 165-foot pavement stretch in the city of Chongqing, pedestrians can now choose between a normal lane and one exclusively reserved for mobile devices users. This idea was based on an experiment conducted by National Geographic Television earlier this year in Washington, D.C. that rose awareness for the lack of attention many smartphone users pay to traffic and other pedestrians. Continue reading for more.

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Fake Lamborghini Diablo VT

Auto enthusiasts Wang Yu and Li Lintao from Beijing, China, have adored supercars since childhood, but as some already know, imported vehicles are heavily taxed in the country. So, they decided to build their own Lamborghini Diablo SV from scratch. It all started when the two friends returned home from studying mechanical engineering abroad in the UK and Germany. They began sourcing parts from China's version of eBay, Taobao Marketplace. One year and $227,000 USD later, the replica finally became a reality. It's powered by a Toyota-sourced V8 engine and can go from 0 to 60mph in 4.8 seconds, topping out at 192mph. Continue reading to see the entire build process from start to finish.

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Fake iPhone Shocking

Before buying a used iPhone, make sure to have a spare power bank with cable on you to check and see if the device powers on, rather than just display "low battery". As you're about to see, the interior of this "iPhone" is quite empty to say the least, but it does have some illuminating features, literally. Continue reading for more pictures.

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BlackBerry Phone Knockoff

Most techies know that Barack Obama has been using a BlackBerry for years, but it may finally be about to call time on his relationship with his beloved BlackBerry for an Android smartphone. The special military unit responsible for handling White House communications is testing a batch of new handsets for use by government staff, possibly a Samsung Galaxy with beefed-up security to better cater for the U.S. president's phone and web-browsing needs. However, one Chinese company wants to lure the president back to the BlackBerry side with a clever knockoff named BlockBerry. Continue reading for more.

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Cube Home

It may be the same size as many dorm rooms, but don't let its cube design fool you. Inside this tiny wooden home is a kitchen, bathroom (with shower and toilet), loft sleeping area, and even a small study area as well. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny exam answers and fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the most efficient way to peel an apple.

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Hou Weilin, a 29-year-old SWAT officer from the Chongqing Armed Police Corps, is getting married soon, but couldn't get time off for his wedding shoot due to his 24-hour on-call work schedule. So, he decided to ask the photographer to visit a SWAT training center for a non-traditional shoot. Hou put on his uniform, while the bride-to-be put on her wedding gown and veil, for a photo series both will remember for a lifetime. Continue reading for more images.

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Properly trained waiters are one of the keys to success for any restaurant, and now, robots are replacing humans by providing no nonsense service in Chinese restaurants and hotels. While humans eventually tire, these robots can carry trays of food steadily to diners all-day, and perform repetitive arm motions to 'cook'. Continue reading for five more things you may not know about China's strange robot restaurants.

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