Monday, August 6, 2012

The Chinese "Tower Bridge"

In Suzhou, East China, one can find a cloned version of Tower Bridge, just like the one in London. The city in the Jiangsu province currently boasts its very own, almost identical, version of London's most iconic bridge. Pointing out the fact that the Bridge is a copy, there is a cafe at the top promising "English-style coffee". All that differs between the two is that the Chinese version lacks a raising mechanism to allow boats to pass underneath.

However, the area has become well known for cloning other world famous landmarks. The river through the city also has its own Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as a copy-cat Alexander III Bridge straight out of the French capital. It also boasts a Dutch town complete with windmill and Dutch style housing. 

Suzhou is known as the "Venice of the East" and has been an important hub of China's silk industry for around a thousand years. 

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