At first glance, this pedestrian shopping street in China may have looked like any luxury boutique shopping street in Europe, featuring brands from Chanel to Hermès, complete with Starbucks and Häagen-Dazs, but on closer inspection the street is nothing but the the latest Chinese ripoff: an entire street with shops modeled to look like high-end boutiques.
The street is located in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, according to Offbeat China, behind Wanda Square. Familiar store fronts would make a shopper think Hermès, Chanel, Tiffany & Co., and Prada, among other luxury brands, have all decided to open a branch on the street, but take a better look:
Cnanel, with two N's. Does this mean the C is silent?
Tifeany & Co., Pronounced, Tea-Fee-An-Ee.
Cairter, no easier to pronounce than the original French Cartier.
PRΛDΛ, Prada pledges Greek.
Herwès, also known as Hermès with an inverted M.
Häagen-Dezs, not Häagen-Dazs
Sophie is a graduate of Northwestern University. She covers the emerging markets in Southeast Asia, with a particular interest in foreign investment in the region....