4. The Rare $250 Note
In 1980, someone in China actually passed this thing off as a $250 US note. We’ve thought it over, and we’re fine with the hand drawn feel, the nonsense letters at the bottom - even the naked ladies brandishing knives. But using linen? Come on, guys. That’s not sustainable. Think it through.
5. Chinese White House
This tourist destination in Hangzhou, China was once the estate of an eccentric real estate tycoon named Huang Qiaoling. He built this White House replica complete with an Oval Office, a gallery of American presidents, and even mini versions of other American founding father monuments. Can’t tell if this is flattery, or mockery. Let’s go with flattery.
8. Oil Painting Village
There’s an entire village in Shenzhen, China - called Dafen Oil Painting Village - whose sole purpose is to crank out replicas of classic paintings. Picassos, Da Vincis, Rembrandts, Van Goghs - every year they’re throwing tens of thousands of replicas into the market, accounting for something like 60% of the world’s oil-painting market. These things are notoriously accurate, and nowadays, Dafen is home to its own burgeoning original art scene.
Watch as the fakes are revealed in CNBC’s new show, Treasure Detectives.