This split-personality building in central China’s Hebei Province is a quirky example of duplitecture. Combining features of the United States Capitol and Beijing’s Temple of Heaven in a bizarre east meets west hybrid, the structure has been attracting a lot visitors and social media attention.
Currently under construction at the New Great Wall International Movie Studio in Shijiazhuang, the hybrid four-storey building duplicates the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests temple in Beijing on one side, and the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on the other. It is one of many replicas built on the studio lot, where copies of the Egyptian Sphinx, the French Louvre Pyramid and ancient Chinese buildings are used as sets for films and TV shows.
There are many other examples of duplitecture in China, including the replica of Mount Rushmore in Sichuan province. These unusual structures are pilgrimage destinations for travelers and tourists.
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