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Yujiapu China Manhattan Replica

China's $50-billion knock-off of Manhattan sits on a river bend, near the port city of Tianjin, some 120-miles from Beijing. It has its own Rockefeller Center and Twin Towers, and touted as the world's largest financial center in the making. Construction first began in 2008 on the back of a massive credit boom unleashed in China after the global financial crisis, appears to have ground to a halt. While the "Rockefeller Center" and its Twin Towers appear to be complete, but empty and fenced off. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Scrap Metal Transformers

The Transformers franchise is a massive success in China, so much so that Yu Zhilin, a farmer by trade, with a background in fine arts, decided to start creating life-sized robots using spare car parts in his free time. Fast forward three years and he's finished his first scrap sculpture with his son Lu Yingyun in tow, and things only got bigger from there. His latest project consisted of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, assembled in their makeshift home workshop. Continue reading to see more build pictures and for additional information.

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Stray Dog Revenge

One driver in China did not follow the saying "let sleeping dogs lie," and he paid the price. This person drove home one day in Chongqing to find a stray dog lying in his favorite parking spot, so he got out and kicked it. Well, a short while later, the animal returned with some of its pals and chewed up the bodywork and windscreen wipers of the driver's car. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Skyscraper Time-lapse

No, this isn't some miniature building, or a facade, but a real 57-story skyscraper that was built in just 19-days. Despite measuring in at 2-million-square-foot (180,000-square-meter), energy-efficient, factory-produced LEGO-style blocks enabled the company to accomplish this feat - they can now build three-floors a day. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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The Lotus Building

Not just any building, The Lotus Building, located in the center of the Wujin District in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu, China, features a unique design that looks just like a real blooming lotus flower. It's surrounded by "petal ribs" that open up, similar to the three stages of a lotus flower, from bud to fully-opened bloom. Inside, there's cathedral-like ceilings, conference rooms, exhibition halls, and offices. Geothermal piles uses the surrounding lake to regulate the building's temperature with minimal energy use. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Beijing New Airport Terminal

At first glance, this may look like a futuristic spaceport, ready for Virgin Galactic ships to take off into the stars, but it's actually Beijing's all-new airport terminal. This was designed by architect Zaha Hadid, known for cultural institutions, skyscrapers, and residential towers. Once complete, it will be one of the largest hubs in the world for air travel, accommodating up to 45 million passengers a year and clocking in at 7.5 million square feet. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Volkswagen Hover Car

First unveiled several years ago, the futuristic Volkswagen Hover car is now trending again online. The Hover Car is basically a two-seater zero emissions vehicle that hovers above ground and travels along electromagnetic road networks in China. It can automatically detect other vehicles on the road while navigating China's congested traffic centers, and its small footprint makes it easy to park. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a snowmobile expert navigating through an avalanche.

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Teen Chops Off Own Hand China

What does a normal person do when they can't step away from the computer? Going out with friends, to the gym or just for a walk around the neighborhood all sound reasonable, but a 19-year-old from the city of Nantong, in Jiangsu province, China decided to take things to the next level. In a nutshell, he left a handwritten note on his bed stating "Mum, I have gone to the hospital for a while. Don't worry, I will definitely come back this evening," snuck out of his home with a kitchen knife and then proceeded to sever his left hand in a public park. Next, a taxi was called to take him to a nearby Emergency Room, with the hand still lying on the ground. His mother said: "We cannot accept what has happened. It was completely out of the blue. He was a smart boy." Continue reading for the news report and more information.

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This look like someone (or a store) charging hundreds of phones in preparation to sell, but these are all used by special app store reviewers in China for boosting rankings. Since there are tens of thousands of apps submitted daily, even great apps get lost in the shuffle, these companies sell 5-star reviews - many contain strange stories that you are unrelated to the app - in hopes that your app will hit the top charts. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the top five most popular viral vidoes of today, including a crazy HCL + aluminum foil experiment.

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3D Printed Mansion

3D printers are now more affordable than ever, and companies are now coming up with super-sized models to print everything from cars to the 12,000-square-foot villa you see above. Developed by China-based WinSun, this home was fabricated with a 3D printer in layers, using a paste of sorts consisting of recycled stone and construction waste, along with quick-dry cement. This special printer stands 20-feet-tall and spanning a gigantic 4,000-feet. The pieces were then reinforced with steel, and filled with insulation like you would a normal house. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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