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Officials in Beijing suburb build Kremlin copy

Published on Dec 24, 2013 4:20 PM
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This picture taken on Monday, Dec 23, 2013, shows an office complex resembling Moscow's Kremlin in the western Beijing suburb of Mentougou. Local officials in a Beijing suburb have built themselves a white-walled, gold-domed office complex resembling Moscow's Kremlin, state media reported, prompting anger among Chinese who condemned the lavish buildings. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Local officials in a Beijing suburb have built themselves a white-walled, gold-domed office complex resembling Moscow's Kremlin, state media reported, prompting anger among Chinese who condemned the lavish buildings.

Photos published by the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper show the sprawling complex, whose arched windows and gleaming spires resemble those of the Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Russian presidential palace, flanked by factories churning out smoke in the background.

The buildings, which were built to house the local weather, seismological, water services and landscaping bureaux, range in cost from 9.3 million yuan (S$1.9 million) to 21 million yuan, the paper reported.

They were constructed in the mostly-rural western Beijing suburb of Mentougou, whose name means "the ditch in front of the gate" in Chinese.

 
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