Beijing's version of inflatable duck not all it's quacked up to be
BEIJING (AFP) - China's first authentic version of the giant Rubber Duck that has made a splash around the world and inspired fakes across the country made its debut on Friday - but some complained that visitors had to pay to see it.
The inflatable yellow bird - which has made appearances in locations from Australia to South America since 2007 - attracted huge attention in China after it arrived in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour to rave reviews, bobbing up and down in front of the city's distinctive urban skyline.
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman promotes the oversized toy's universal appeal on his website as knowing "no frontiers" and "soft, friendly and suitable for all ages".
But the artwork took a commercial turn in China, with property developers setting up imitations in Hangzhou, Tianjin and other cities, that was criticised by the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece the People's Daily.