Date
17 December 2017
A replica of Giza's Great Sphinx in a village outside Shijiazhuang in north China's Hebei province. 
Photo: www.news.cn
A replica of Giza's Great Sphinx in a village outside Shijiazhuang in north China's Hebei province. Photo: www.news.cn

Chinese Sphinx replica raises hackles in Egypt

Egypt has filed a complaint with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over a replication in China of the Great Sphinx of Giza, saying the move violates an international convention signed in 1972 and should be dismantled immediately.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, also said it will contact its Chinese counterpart to resolve the issue through necessary procedures, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing Ali Al-Asfar, monuments division head of Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities. 

It is possible that the Egyptian government may sue China for infringement of copyright if the replica is not dismantled, according to Al-Asfar. He said the replica can not only affect the income of Egypt’s tourism industry but can also provide an incorrect image of the country’s heritage.

The 1:1 replica, about 60 meters long and 20 meters tall, is located in Shijiazhuang in north China’s Hebei province. It is part of an unfinished local amusement park that was featured in scenic spots seen in movies, TV dramas and animation series.

The operator of the park is said to have apologized on Sunday and promised to tear it down, saying that it was only meant for temporary shoots.

The sphinx isn’t the only global landmark that the Chinese have replicated in the country. Traveling across the mainland, one can now find reproductions of the Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, the White House and other famous structures.

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